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Competition for spots fierce for All Blacks wings

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James Mortimer     18 Nov 2012     Getty Images

Especially with Cory Jane, now regarded as the first choice All Blacks wingman, came on in the second half and had a significant impact, scoring the try that began the All Blacks fiery end to the contest.

It was a try that reaffirmed Jane’s status as one of the most deadly finishers in the game, and ensured he kept his nose in front of the usual competition that exists within All Blacks backs – with the 100kg plus dreadnoughts of Savea and Gear not able to replicate the Hurricanes magic touch.

Savea was in awe of his Super Rugby team-mate.

“One play, he took out two defenders,” Savea said.

“His ability to do that (means) he's one of the best wingers/full backs in the world.”

Not to be outdone, Savea got in on the scoresheet with a brace of tries.

The 2010 IRB Junior World Player in the Year is developing a fearsome strike rate, scoring ten tries in his five tests to date.

The All Blacks will come up against the biggest wings in the Northern Hemisphere this weekend, with usual starters George North and Alex Cuthbert tipping the scales at 109kg and 104kg respectively.

Although as Wales have found out, size does not always matter, with both giant wings having precious little impact against Samoa over the weekend.