Locking up the All Blacks RWC squad

Congratulations Ben Franks. You Sir are the biggest winner from an All Black perspective of World Rugby’s (formerly the IRB) decision to allow the expansion of Rugby World Cup (RWC) playing squads from 30 (as they have been since 1999) to 31. Ostensibly the change is to allow teams to select an extra prop, much as teams are now required to carry at least one loosehead and one tighthead prop on the bench. Without this change, the All Blacks would probably take four props (as they have done in every RWC since 1999) to the 2015 RWC in England which might have seen Franks miss out. However, as fascinating as props invariably are, I actually think the infinitely more exciting lock position is the key one in the All Blacks team for RWC 2015, to be officially announced Sunday (NZ time). Read more >>