The All Blacks selector Grant Fox has revealed that they like the look of brilliant utility back Damian McKenzie as a first receiver.
Chiefs back McKenzie will replace sabbatical‑bound Ben Smith in the Rugby Championship squad after the first two tests, covering fullback and first five‑eighths.
Fox, an All Black great who wrote the book on precise game management, gave McKenzie a qualified tick as a No. 10 option.
Fox says McKenzie needs game time they want him to play in the No. 10 jumper.
Fox believes that the 22-year-old is elusive, quick, brave and needs to learn about navigating and managing a game.
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