READER REPORT:

ABs dream team: Time for young blood

CALEB SAUNDERS
Last updated 14:00 28/05/2013
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JULIAN SAVEA: Big, hard and strong.

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With the All Blacks season almost upon us, our readers give their picks for the line-up on the field. 

1. Tony Woodcock: He's still the world's best scrummager.

2. Keven Mealamu: A great leader and he'll regain more confidence.

3. Owen Franks: He's grown so much in the the No 3 jersey and he's given us reasons to keep him there.

4. Luke Romano: He's wonderful at the lineouts and we can always rely on him to win the ball.

5. Sam Whitelock: A great player and great at the lineouts. NZ's hard man.

6. Liam Messam: He's a good leader and he's always around the ruck area, always looking for work and makes good decisions.

7. Sam Cane: An excellent player but people think too much of him as the next Mccaw which puts a lot on his shoulders.

8. Kieran Reid: He has stepped up as a leader and that's what NZ needs.

9. TJ Perenara: Should put him there now so he can get more comfortable in the black jersey.

10. Dan Carter: Irreplaceable.

11. Julian Savea: Big, hard and strong.

12. Ma'a Nonu: NZ's favourite number 12.

13. Conrad Smith: A great leader, great tackler, and great to team up with Ma'a.

14. Charles Pitau: Strong running, fast game and excellent kicking.

15. Israel Dagg: The best fullback out there.

16. Dane Coles: He has taken over Andrew Hore because he needs to be comfortable in that jersey.

17. Ben Franks: He can play both positions and has a wonderful work rate.

18. Brodie Retallic: He's a fast and powerful scrummager and he's not far behind Romano.

19. Steven Luatua: He's a great player, always around the ruck, he's got excellent determination, he makes good decisions and he adds a lot to the team.

20. Tawera Kerr Barlow: He knows how to control the game, can disrupt other team's halfbacks and get them back-pedalling. Aaron Smith only just missed out.

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21. Aaron Cruden: He's impressed this year and deserves more game time internationally.

22. Francis Sai'ili: He can cover a few positions and has an excellent kicking game. He could be the next 12 or 13 in the next couple of years.


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