ALEX NANKIVELL – SURELY ON THE ALL BLACKS SELECTION RADAR

The Chiefs mid-fielder is rarely mentioned by New Zealand rugby scribes as an All Blacks contender because they seem fixated with league convert Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

ALEX NANKIVELL - Staunch Mako

A great rugby league player he was selected on last year’s All Blacks northern tour as much on potential because it certainly wasn’t All Blacks-like form.

On the other hand, Nankivell has been a standout in mid-field for the Chiefs, carrying on his great form from last season through to last week when he was again very good. He’s already shown the ability to shine at a higher level, doing just that for the New Zealand selection which played and beat their Irish counter-parts in the UK last year.

Nankivell showed great form for across all competitions in 2022

On top of that, injuries are playing a significant part in ruling out other potential All Blacks mid-field selections, namely Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown and Quinn Tupaea.

Jordie Barrett, Reiko Ioane and David Havili are the other leading candidates for World Cup spots and like those three, Nankivell is versatile having played on the wing as well as midfield.

The man himself is typically humble but said his aim has always been to play for the All Blacks and that hasn’t changed, despite accepting an offer to play for Munster next year.

All class against Moana Pasifika last weekend.

His focus right now is on the Chiefs and preparing for their clash against the Highlanders in Hamilton and on form you would think the Chiefs would win that match comfortably.

However as shown last week against Moana Pasifika when they raced out to a 38-7 half-time lead only to lose the second half and prevail 52-29, if you drop your guard at this level you’ll pay and Nakivell is expecting a spirited challenge from the Southern men.

Catch my (John Alexander) interview with Alex this week as we review the Chiefs performance and talk All Blacks selection.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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