The drums are beating for two discarded All Blacks to be recalled as the world's No.1 side remains bugged by a dearth of talent at scrumhalf.
New Zealand lock and World Rugby Player of the Year, Brodie Retallick, has been nominated for the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year award.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has clearly marked his team's challenge - winning an unprecedented back-to-back World Cup in 2015.
New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick has been named the World Rugby Player of the Year 2014 by an independent panel.
REPORT: New Zealand, scoring four tries in a brutal final quarter, beat Wales 34-16 in Cardiff on Saturday to cement their No.1 ranking.
New Zealand put in a massive second half effort to overcome a plucky Welsh side 36-16 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen's withering first take on a teenage Richie McCaw was that he was "not a natural athlete".
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