Milner-Skudder proves that skill can outclass size

Date published: October 16 2015

All Black wing Nehe Milner-Skudder's brilliant performances at the Rugby World Cup has showed that skill can outclass size.

Ever since Jonah Lomu made his mark at the 1995 World Cup, wings with bulk and speed have been in demand but Milner-Skudder has proved that there is stiplace for the little guy.

All Black coach Steve Hansen has opted to go with the 24-year-old over Waisake Naholo to partner Julian Savea on the wing against France on Saturday, and said rugby is a sport that can be played by anyone regardless of their shape and size.

"Isn't it wonderful for rugby that all shapes and sizes can play the game." said Hansen

"You don't have to be a big 110-120 kg winger as Wales wing, George North or Jules Savea.

"He's a little guy. He can turn on a sixpence and has got genuine gas so that's good."

Hansen, however feels that Milner-Skudder is a rough diamond that still needs some polishing.

"He's followed a trend of All Blacks wingers," added the coach.

"A lot over the last few years have arrived on the scene and scored a lot of tries and through that we think they're playing really well.

"But there's other parts of the game he's still growing, just like the rest of them, he's showed a lot of composure, mental fortitude and he's enthusiastic, you need people in your team who are enthusiastic."

Milner-Skudder revealed that his sense of survival has helped him prosper.

"I'm not the biggest lad going around so I've got to find ways not to get rag-dolled and be on the end of some pretty big hits," he said.