Aaron Cruden will be missed at Super Rugby and All Black level.

These days he is the complete number 10. He has a clear strategic rugby brain, excellent vision and a skill-set to execute under pressure.

With the help of a very poor French referee, the British & Irish Lions pulled off a manoeuvre that Harry Houdini would have been proud of. They never looked like scoring a try, breaking the line or ever attempting something creative. Their scrum was average at best and line-out only slightly better. Yet somehow they drew the series.

The two best sides in the world, overseen by the two best coaches in the world – should we really be that surprised that the series finished in a draw?

The British & Irish Lions deserved to win the second test in Wellington, because they scored two tries to none. It is not their fault Sonny Boy Williams was ordered off and the All Blacks played with 14 men for most of the match.

If he comes off the bench this weekend, IRANZ Graduate Aaron Cruden will play his 50th and likely final test match for the All Blacks against the British and Irish Lions.

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