'Free reign' from All Blacks coaches helps young guns fire - Kaino




Watching a new generation of All Blacks stars emerge helps keep veterans like Jerome Kaino fresh and on their toes. 

What's more impressive than the All Blacks No.1 world ranking and the likelihood that they will set a new Test record this weekend is the ability they have to bring brand new players in but still get the results that keep them well ahead of the competition.

"The confidence this team has going out there, the young players love backing themselves," Kaino said as the team reassembled in Auckland yesterday. "I think the coaches feel that they're letting the young guys who get a chance have free reign, you're seeing the results."

It would help to explain the incredible rise of talented 21-year-old Anton Lienert-Brown who hasn't looked out of place in the five consecutive Tests he has played since being called in as an emergency midfield injury replacement.

"You see people come into the All Blacks environment and I reckon very rarely you see people adapt to it and step up like he has," said Sam Cane, who has built a relationship with Lienert-Brown over the last three years at the Chiefs. 

"He's just grown in confidence and I think the thing about Anton is he's got a great all-round skill set. There's no real weakness to his game yet he's only 21 and so he's only going to improve.

"Obviously the biggest part about that is he's got his head sat firmly on and he's not getting carried away."

With confident new stars coming through, the All Blacks could set a new record for the most consecutive Tests wins, with 18, against the Wallabies at Eden Park on Saturday. 

With more players like Auckland's Rieko and Akira Ioane yet to make their international debut the question is how many more records will fall in the near future. 

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