I hope he's got a sharp axe and uses it liberally to pull this player group into line, or do what the ABs did in the 80s or 90s when the senior ABs did a rebel tour of SA. None played again. I think the media called the new AB team the baby blacks as they were all new faces.
Indeed the media did. In a way, that rebel tour probably helped propel New Zealand in the end. The impact it has had on the All Blacks cannot really be quantified. The All Blacks' teams during that era could have looked completely different were it not for that tour.
Not entirely true. The "Cavaliers" were stood down for two games.
Of the 31 in the Cavalier touring squad, 14 played for NZ after the 2 game stand down period expired.
Several of the 31 tourists were at the end of their time with NZ and were probably about to be replaced anyway, and another couple of cavaliers were not really first choice players for NZ.
Some of the Cavaliers have gone on to make significant contributions to rugby in a either coaching or administration: Robbie Deans, Kieran Crowley, Wayne Smith, Jock Hobbs, Colin Meads, Andy Dalton, Buck Shelford, Grant Fox, and Murry Mexted.
The "Baby Blacks" played 2 games:
V France - Won 18-9 (in NZ)
V Australia - Lost 12-13 (in NZ)
The "Cavaliers" were then integrated back into the NZ team and the results for the rest of 1986 were:
v Australia - Won 13-12 (in NZ)
v Australia - Lost 9 - 22 (in NZ)
v France - Won 19 - 7 (in France)
v France - Lost 3 - 16 (in France. The Battle of Nantes where Buck Shelford had some impromptu surgery performed on his family jewels)
The following year they went on to win the inaugural RWC with a mix of Cavaliers and Baby Blacks.
Could history repeat itself with the Men in Gold?
One parallel missing is that they didn't change coaches one year out from the RWC. Lochore was installed as coach in 1985 and took the team to RWC 87, but there was drama in the background with his assistant coaches Alex Wyllie (canterbury) and John Hart (auckland) who were bitter rivals and were supported by pretty petty partisan provincial parochialism. Sound familiar?