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Overlooked by All Blacks, Akira Ioane gets Maori call-up

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Akira Ioane could be a great international test rugby player, got all the attributes but needs a bit of focus.

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Agreed. At least he'll probably get a full game against the US than maybe 20 min or so against Japan (if he comes of the bench). Think that's what Hansen was suggesting. Not that much difference between Japan and US in terms of ranking. I reckon Nehe MS should play a full game against them too.

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Concerns that he had not improved in key areas saw him miss out this time around, however.

More about workrate than skills imo. The bloke's a bit lethargic/lazy at times, something that may be ok in SR - especially at the Blues- not so much at international level.

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