PUSHING FOR ALL BLACK SELECTION
With Ben Smith, Julian Savea, Charles Piutau, Cory Jane and even Colin Slade, it's not as if the All Blacks are short of options on the wing. But still, Patrick Osborne, James Lowe and Bryce Heem need to be acknowledged for their form so far in 2015. It has been impressive, and if there are injuries to any of the established test men, the All Blacks know they have good depth.
Osborne in particular looks to be ready to play test football. He's got size, speed, vision and a hunger to use all three. Interesting that it took a shift to the Highlanders to get the best out of him.
Lowe has come of age this season - playing with confidence and energy. What we like about him - as well as his aglity and pace - is his booming kicking game. As for Heem, he looks rangy and useful - the sort of bloke who will start popping up everywhere once he settled into Super Rugby.
All Black jerseys may not come this year boys - but you are being noticed. Keep up the good work.