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All Blacks face depleted talent pool

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A year from the World Cup, defending champions the All Blacks face a depleted talent pool to select from, as a wealth of players opt for lucrative overseas contracts.  

New Zealand's Otago Highlanders scrum-half Aaron Smith during a Super Rugby match in Cape Town on May 3, 2014

Although there is an overflow of quality among the loose forwards and outside backs, in other areas there are looming shortages -- particularly at hooker, where there is a struggle to find three of international standard for next month's tour by England.

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