Du’Plessis Kirifi’s inclusion in the All Blacks squad to travel to Australia for the upcoming Tri Nations has caused a stir among rugby followers in New Zealand given it’s come at the cost of uncapped standout Lachlan Boshier.

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A star for both the Chiefs and Taranaki in Super Rugby Aotearoa and the Mitre 10 Cup, Boshier’s ongoing omission from the national squad has led punters and pundits – including those at RugbyPass – across the country to voice their dismay at Ian Foster’s selection.

That’s just one of the points of discussion that Blues and two-test All Blacks hooker James Parsons and Crusaders halfback Bryn Hall discuss with host Ross Karl in the latest episode of the Aotearoa Rugby Pod.

Breaking down the biggest talking points of the week from their brand new studio, Karl and the North Harbour duo dissect Foster’s decision to opt for Kirifi ahead of Boshier, who starts for the All Blacks this Saturday and the rise of George Bower.

The trio also cover who Dave Rennie might pick for the Australian side, what they need to fix if they’re to keep the Bledisloe Cup series alive, as well as the New Zealand media’s jab at the Wallabies for their lack of “genuine hard men”.

There’s also a bit of Mitre 10 Cup chat for those provincial diehards out there, so wrap your ears around this week’s edition of the Aotearoa Rugby Pod below:

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