'I'm 80 kilos dripping wet': Could Damian McKenzie be the smallest All Black fullback since Ben Blair?

On a recent Chiefs press release, Damian McKenzie was listed as weighing 85kg.

"That's a bit generous," McKenzie said.

The All Blacks' website has him listed as being 78kg, which is a little more realistic according to the star fullback. 

"I'm not 85, I'm about 80 dripping wet," he said. 

With today's high speed, high impact style of Super Rugby it's tough for the little guys on the field but McKenzie has never missed a game due to injury in two seasons with the Chiefs.

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"No I haven't yet. Touch wood," said McKenzie."I've been pretty lucky this far, I try not to run into too many big boys."

It's helped him prove his worth under Dave Rennie and with the stellar performances piling up, an All Blacks jersey may not be too far away.

"As I've said from the start, I'm just trying to take it week by week with my game," McKenzie said. "Obviously if anything comes up after Super [Rugby] it would be a massive bonus."

It's not hard to image the 21-year-old slotting into an All Blacks back three combination, with his electric footwork and accurate kicking both from hand and the tee. 

It would, however, be a move away from the style of fullback the All Blacks have preferred in recent years. 

Ben Smith (1.86m, 93kg) is the best this country has to offer at the moment. Before him Israel Dagg (1.86m, 96kg) was the premier No 15 and he took over from Mils Muliaina (1.84m, 92kg).

Others who have made cameos there in recent times include Beauden Barrett (1.87m, 91kg), Cory Jane (1.83m, 85kg) and Zac Guildford (1.82m, 96kg).

The last time the All Blacks employed a fullback of McKenzie's stature was way back in 2002 when Ben Blair played the last of his four Tests.

At 1.74 metres tall Blair is slightly shorter than McKenzie but weighed in at 83 kilos when playing in the black jersey. 

It remains to be seen whether it's something All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is willing to go back to but with the recent debut of halfback Brad Weber (1.72m, 75kg) who knows. 

Here's a look at some of the smaller outside backs that have made big waves in world rugby.

Shane Williams (1.70m, 80kg) played 87 Tests for Wales between 2000 and 2001.

Breyton Paulse (1.78m, 80kg) played 64 Tests for South Africa between 1999 and 2007.

Jason Robinson (1.73m, 81kg) played 51 Tests for England between 2001 and 2007. 

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