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Jane was ruled out way back in February with a serious knee injury, and dutifully completed his rehabilitation only to be scratched out prior to his comeback match against the Wallabies.
Part of the advance party to Paris, Jane received the full backing of his coach prior to his return.
Yet the reality is that time, and an All Blacks jersey, waits for no-one, and Charles Piutau has taken his chance and is now competing with the Hurricanes veteran for a starting place.
Jane, regarded as one of the most complete wingers in world rugby, almost scored the opening try for the All Blacks against France.
Despite playing the joker at times during rehabilitation, the Wellington flyer ensured he returned to the field in pristine condition.
“I've worked hard this year to try and get back,” he said.
“I love playing for the All Blacks, and at the end of the day I'm a competitor. I never strayed away from the rehab or the training I had to do.”
Piutau, like Jane, has that sixth sense that makes such outside men worth their weight and gold, and his try and ensuing assist caught the attention of the head coach.
“To score the try he did (he) showed a lot of pace,” Hansen said.
“To set up the try for Kieran showed a lot of skill and flair. He's got a lovely mixture of both.”
The Blues back, the least experienced All Black on the field in Paris, said that his game breaking moment was a bit of luck – typically humble for a player that is pushing his claims for incumbency.
“It was instinct,” he said.
“I saw an opportunity. What was going through my head was that I hoped he (Kieran Read) was catching it and it wasn't an intercept.”