For those not built for the collision course of rugby,
Cory Jane is always a refreshing change of appearance.
For those who notice these things, he comes up with regular
hairstyle changes and is a fervent fan of Twitter and
engaging with his followers on social media.
He is a well-constructed and wiry man but nothing like the
massive torsos of his fellow wings Hosea Gear and Julian
Jane relies more on his dancing feet, great balance and an
array of kick, pass, run skills to make his plays.
His instincts are strong, he knows when to hold the width on
the flank or take a punt and go searching for some mileage in
the park's middle channels.
It's a package which has worked so strongly he will start his
40th test against Scotland on Monday.
Not bad for a bloke who had carved out most of his rugby
career as a fullback and was keen to continue in that role.
But even he could see roadblocks there with Mils Muliaina
then Israel Dagg.
Besides, the All Black selectors wanted wings whose skills
allowed them to work as extra fullbacks, men with the vision,
covering skills and sting to flourish on the flanks.
Jane and to an extent Richard Kahui, when fit, have delivered
that prototype. They are technically solid under the high
ball and opposition five-eighths know their attacking kicks
must be spot on with ample chasers, to make any headway.
He is also sharp enough on defence and his final try against
Argentina when he defused an attack and scampered 50m to the
line was a great example.
Jane's sporting computer is well engaged. He scans the
paddock and imagines several plays ahead as he gets his
hyperactive body ready to react. Occasionally he overdoes it,
like the high-jinks during the World Cup pool play which drew
the ire of the coaching staff and fellow players.
He is always in motion and does not strike you as a person
who would be comfortable behind a chessboard.
But give him rugby moves to consider and he is all go.
Jane believes Scotland will vary their style at Murrayfield,
he thinks they will mix the kicking approach and ball in hand
forays, but points out the weather may yet have a say in
"We want to play with that ball, that's our style and by the
looks of things the boys up here want to do the same thing,"
He had looked up his Scots rival Tim Visser on You Tube and
noted his physique was more like Savea's.
"He's a big boy, it's getting ridiculous. He is new in
international rugby and scored a lot of tries on the YouTube
I saw so it will be interesting."
The Springboks and Pumas did hammer Jane with their punts but
he had worked hard on his technique to claim those and where
possible, return them with interest.
"The other wings don't seem to get any put on them, I don't
know why that is. It's always me but that's all good and as a
wing you have to be able to catch the ball."
Perhaps it was the natural angle for a right footed
five-eighths to kick more to his flank but he wondered why he
seemed to have been inspected more than his teammates this
"I think most wings around the world are starting to realise
we have to be able to catch these things."
Playing wing for the All Blacks was great because he only had
to concentrate on that position and learn the craft and
understand his game.
"It is what it is and I am enjoying it. I don't have to run
around as a fullback and I get to save my legs because I'm
not as young as I look."
- By Wynne Gray of the New Zealand Herald in Edinburgh