With just under 12 months to go until the World Cup, Aaron
Smith is casting such a big shadow over the other halfbacks
in the country it's hard to see how they will get a chance to
convince the selectors they are up to featuring in the All
Blacks' title defence.
While most of the focus in the lead-up to today's Silver
Ferns team announcement has centred around shooting
selections, an interesting battle has been playing out for
the vacant spot in the defensive end.