The depth of talent available to the All Blacks is illustrated by this XV.
Although we have come to expect former All Blacks to make their way to European clubs in search of a lucrative contract before retirement, the last few years has seen many promising young players make their way north.
Indeed, despite being one of New Zealand’s most promising wingers, Charles Piutau decided to move to Europe after winning just 16 caps. At 24 years of age, Piutau may well return to New Zealand, but his move may prove to be an unwanted watershed moment for the All Blacks.
Piutau is not the only promising player to sign with northern hemisphere side, Frank Halai has been excellent for Wasps in recent weeks, while 28 year old Colin Slade could prove to be a loss for Steve Hansen after joining Pau.
The result is that there is now a very a substantial number of former All Blacks playing in the European Leagues, with creative backs being in most demand. As a result we have been able to put together this XV of All Blacks playing in Europe.[table id=21 /]
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena