All Blacks head coach Ian Foster may have six uncapped players in his squad of 36 for the Test series against Ireland, but barring a dead rubber third Test in Wellington, it's unlikely we'll see all six make their debuts next month.
Chiefs pair Aidan Ross (prop) and Pita Gus Sowakula (loose forward) are the only two forwards among the group yet to claim Test match experience, while out-half Stephen Perofeta and centre Roger Tuivasa-Sheck are drafted in from the Blues, who reached the final of Super Rugby Pacific this season, where they were beaten by the Crusaders.
But the two players who look most likely to see game time against Ireland over the coming weeks are at scrum-half and on the wing, with Highlanders half-back Folau Fakatava and Crusaders wing Leicester Fainga'anuku both set to be in contention for a place in the matchday squad for the first Test in Auckland on 2 July.
"The main player of the new guys I can see starting, and playing a pretty big role is Leicester Fainga'anuku (below) from the Crusaders. He can play wing, centre and he's just been in such good form," said Jamie Wall, a rugby journalist in New Zealand and author of five books on the All Blacks.
"He should have got picked last year, and I could definitely see him starting the first Test.
"If things go according to plan and the All Blacks have won the first couple, we'll see the squad rotate."
Fainga'anuku played a major role in the Crusaders lifting a sixth Super Rugby title in a row last weekend, finishing joint-top tryscorer along with his team-mates Will Jordan and Sevu Reece.
With TJ Perenara dropped from the squad and instead set to line out for the Maori All Blacks in their midweek games against Ireland, Wall also believes the All Blacks will look to Aaron Smith's Highlanders team-mate Folau Fakatava as their replacement scrum-half.
"The other one would be Folau Fakatava at half-back. He's looking like he'll be the reserve behind Aaron Smith now. Again, when you're behind Aaron Smith, you're going to get 20 minutes max. He's still got legs, he's probably playing just as well as he was five or six years ago.
"The main thing about Fakatava was that they clearly see him as Smith's successor and want him in that environment for as long as possible. When Smith moves on presumably after the next World Cup, Fakatava has established himself for two seasons," he told the RTÉ Rugby podcast.
"If Ireland can pull off a big win in the first Test it's going to be panic stations and they will have to rely on some senior players.
"None of those guys are actually too much of a surprise though, it's going off Super Rugby form, we've had 18 weeks of Super Rugby and it's pretty obvious who was going to be in and who wasn't. The only contentious pick was Pita Gus Sowakula of the Chiefs. It's not because he's not been playing well, it's just that Cullen Grace of the Crusders pulled out a massive couple of shifts in the semi-final and final and was a key player for the Crusaders.
"They named the All Black [squad] the week before the final, I feel if they named it a day after the final it might have been a bit different.
"Given the make up of the All Black forwards, how much time on the field either of those guys would have got would have got is pretty negligible.
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