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Post by Rugby Fan Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:37 pm

Under attack from pillaging, cashed-up foreign clubs, New Zealand Rugby is vowing to strike back against the All Blacks exodus trend through a carefully mapped out future-proofing plan...The main concern is around [those] in the 17-strong group of All Blacks yet to be secured beyond the global tournament in September and October, many of whom could form the core of the national side for the next four years.

For Chris Lendrum, the former lawyer turned NZR contracting kingmaker, the priority is locking in the next generation.

The likes of world player of the year Brodie Retallick, Julian Savea, Patrick Tuipulotu, Charles Piutau, Sam Cane, Malakai Fekitoa and Steven Luatua are essential targets as NZR looks to sign the backbone of the team that will host the British and Irish Lions in 2017 and, ultimately, contest the 2019 World Cup.

In a perfect world all of those players, along with Jerome Kaino, will join future captain Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock, Ben Smith, Aaron Cruden, Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Owen Franks and Charlie Faumuina, who have committed for the next three years...

...Retaining players on the fringe of the All Blacks, such as Victor Vito, Ryan Crotty and Colin Slade, who also come off contract this year, could prove more difficult.

Each All Black receives $7,500 per-week while in camp, which equates to around $120,000 annually. Missing that portion naturally sways decisions on whether to stay or go. It also explains why mid-tier talent, such as Frank Halai, Tom Marshall and Luke Braid, have the ability to double their earnings abroad.

"It's not a perfect system," Lendrum said. "Generally speaking a player in that [mid-tier] category, they're potentially doubling their income, before you take into account the benefits of the tax system, depending on where they are going.

"For players it can be revolutionary from a life perspective. These guys are acutely aware that the lifespan of a professional rugby player can be limited. You fight against that bird-in-hand scenario.

"It's not as if the money is poor here. In fact it's very good. But overseas for two or three years can make a big difference."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/65903588/new-zealand-rugby-vows-to-strike-back-against-the-all-blacks-exodus-to-europe

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Post by Taylorman Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:48 pm

Yes I saw that. I naively tend to ignore these sorts of things thinking the stocks will continue to be replenished. As yet I haven't seen the bottom of the barrel where potential ABs are concerned and in a weird way enjoy seeing that concept being tested.

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Post by Shifty Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:44 am

Any All Black who chooses to leave always seems to be replaced by 5 younger guys eager to replace him, the depth of talent that country has is incredible, while all their rugby works at all levels towards making the All Blacks strong.

It says it all to me that when New Zealand beat Wales 92-0 in the U20 World Cup a few years ago the best two Welsh players on the field were Gareth Anscombe and Rhys Llewellyn Whistle
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Post by nlpnlp Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:51 am

If NZ loose the odd player they can always get a few Islanders to make up the numbers.

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Post by quinsforever Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:17 am

slightly disingenuous OP.

the young talent will never leave, as by and large no-one in France is going to pay a premium for it. It's the middle-aged (in rugby terms) fringe talent, or the elderly (in rugby terms) former stars, who will seek to cash in.

Australia has a much much bigger problem having lost genuine class players giteau and Bowen (after 1 year as captain!) to French club rugby. But i suspect a lot of that is to do with rugby union in Australia not having anything like the kudos it does in NZ, France, Wales, Ireland or England for example. Easy to leave if you are viewed as NRL's poor relative.

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Post by TheRugbyMaster Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:44 am

Any one else see Reiko Ioane for the kiwi 7's today? Yet another infuriatingly talented kid appearing on the scenes. Fearless, huge, fast and skilful. Repeatedly ripped apart the opposition.  A few glimpses from the final: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dVV9Od6Uc7E

://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lc8K9m08Eto

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