Marshall: ‘All Blacks have amazing depth’

Date published: September 12 2016

Former All Black scrum-half Justin Marshall says New Zealand’s B-team would be good enough to beat the top four nations in the world.

Marshall made the statement in his column for the New Zealand Herald on Monday.

Referring to New Zealand’s 57-22 win over Argentina, Marshall said the home side didn’t lose their rhythm when head coach Steve Hansen sent TJ Perenara and Charlie Faumuina on the 49th minute of the Test.

“Those subs were made earlier than usual,” Marshall said.

“You must be brave to replace Aaron Smith, someone British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland recently described as New Zealand’s best and most influential player. It just shows how much trust and belief the coaches have in their players. Those decisions changed the game.”

He added on the replacements’ say in the game: “Everyone talks about the impact of the bench. I think it was a combination between the bench and the players in the starting XV like Ryan Crotty, Brodie Retallick, Ben Smith, Julian Savea, Israel Dagg and Same Cane, who were all outstanding. Jerome Kaino was also excellent.

“It just underlines the depth in the team. New Zealand’s B-team would probably be able to beat the top four teams in the world.”