At the end of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, New Zealand bid goodbye to six players who had been around for what seemed like forever.
Richie McCaw, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock and Daniel Carter left, some to play in foreign countries, others just opting out.
At that point, nobody really raised the issue of how the All Blacks would adjust for talented players seem to come in a never-ending stream. This, despite the fact that six mentioned above were all well above average in ability.
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