Sunday 21 January 2018

Conrad Smith's guide to the All Blacks

Sonny Bill Williams

"There are obvious capabilities with his size and the fact he can play like a back. A lot of the hype is because of his history outside the game, his rugby league career and then the boxing; it's a media dream, it's an unusual story."

Ma'a Nonu

"It took me a while to get used to playing with Ma'a but he's a tremendous player and a very important guy around the squad. I suppose you could call him the team joker, he's always at something, coming out with complete rubbish, especially to a young guy who would believe everything he says and then get themselves into trouble."

Hika Elliot

"The new boy, he came in (for the suspended Keven Mealamu) and did a great job against Scotland. He's a good guy, into himself a bit, looks after his appearance with his leather jacket and tapered jeans."

Jimmy Cowan

"A bit different from Hika, Jimmy has no fashion sense at all, it's embarrassing. He goes around with T-shirts over his jacket and socks outside his trousers, things that just shouldn't happen."

Tony Woodcock

"We've all got our own rooms in Dublin which is a treat because you do not want to be sharing with the front-rows, and certainly not Tony. Man, he's smelly, especially after Guinness."

Hosea Gear

"A fantastic player and a great finisher but I would question his taste in music, Hosea is into all this gangsta stuff -- not good."

Irish Independent

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