Menacing All Blacks flanker Matt Todd shines in historic 18 Test winning streak


An unlikely hero has emerged from the shadows for the All Blacks and his name is Matt Todd.

He showcased last night his ability to wreak havoc at the breakdown and cause all sorts of headaches for the opposition, again creating another selection conundrum for the All Blacks' coaching staff.

Last night in the All Blacks' 37-10 win in Auckland over the Wallabies, the five Test international loose forward really proved his worth.

Todd, 28, was all over the park creating turnovers from the get go and laying on some brutal defensive tackles, which he is not known for late in the game.

The veteran Crusader has been around the All Blacks environment since 2011 training at the time with the New Zealand World Cup squad, but he didn't officially make his debut until 2013 against France.

A massive game changer at Super Rugby level for the Crusaders, Todd has always had trouble in the past in finding his feet at the international level for the All Blacks.

Matt Todd of New Zealand makes a run at Israel Folau and Nick Frisby of Australia. New Zealand All Blacks v Australian Wallabies, Bledisloe Cup, rugby union test match, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. 22 October 2016. © Copyright Image:

All Blacks flanker Matt Todd of New Zealand makes a run at Israel Folau and Nick Frisby of Australia.

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Richie McCaw was always the first choice as the starting number 7 for the All Blacks for the last several years, before he retired with Chiefs' loose forward Sam Cane cementing his spot as the reserve flanker.

You could say he is the Marty Holah of the All Blacks in today's era, Holah was another sensational flanker from Waikato who played 36 Tests for New Zealand. He debuted for the All Blacks in 2001 against Samoa but he rarely saw much game time.

After last night's incredible performance at Eden Park, his best game by far in the black jersey, Todd's transition from Super Rugby into the international scene has really been a revelation in waiting.

Steve Hansen and his coaching staff have a favourable headache on their hands, spoilt for choice as to who to start ahead of the Northern hemisphere tour with Cane set to return from injury and also having the option of selecting Ardie Savea.

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