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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Ringrose and Goodhue to renew rivalry

Garry Ringrose
Garry Ringrose
Jack Goodhue

Jack Goodhue and Damian McKenzie did a fair impression of the chuckle brothers when put forward for media exposure.

There won't be much time to kick back when Garry Ringrose faces off against Goodhue again tonight.

It was Ringrose who claimed most of the personal plaudits when shortlisted for U20 World Player of the Year in 2015.

That was okay with Goodhue, who was opposite Ringrose when New Zealand won 25-3 on the way to winning the competition in Italy.

The 23-year-old New Zealander has made quick and impressive progress to succeed the revered Conrad Smith.

The composed Crusader has moved past the talented trio of Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape and Vince Aso to the front of the All Blacks queue.

A natural attacker, Goodhue has credited Crusaders defence coach Ronan O'Gara with adding a more aggressive approach to his work without the ball.

"He's brought some northern hemisphere defence and getting up in opposition faces," said the centre

"You need to learn from any coach, especially someone like Ronan, he's got a lot of experience. He's taught me a lot."

It will be an interesting match-up, to say the least, as Ringrose, 23 as well, measures how far he has come on his 16th cap.

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