hurricane, in your opinion will sonny bill walk straight back into the all blacks?
Well its Nonu vs SBW - 6 months ago they would have taken SBW due to Nonu's off field antics. The decision is some time away so I don't know what will happen to Nonu's form.
Tough call to make. If I were making the decision I would stick with Nonu - however for SBW to be coming back it will be based on some assurances that he will be a starter so who knows what promises have been made. What do you think will happen?
agree its a very tough call, though i feel perhaps if the blues have another average season that may impact on nonu's chances. I'm not so sure there would be assurances made to SBW with regards to a starting spot, as an outsider looking in that doesn't seem and all blacks kind of thing to do. It will be an interesting battle no doubt but if i had to tip who will be starting come the all blacks first game of the world cup i'd say SBW.
do you have an opinion on this Malakai Fekitoa? I haven't seen much of him all year but his try against the sharks was outstanding. Is he the bolter for a centre spot?
Don't watch highlanders games as a rule but maybe I should - his video looks good.
Fekitoa will probaly find himself in the centres for an end of season tour or 'friendly' tests against an inbound northern opponent. I'd expect certainly a bench spot for him. AB centres will be Conrad at 13 and SBW or Nonu at 12. Could Fekitoa take a wing spot? Possibly but there are these guys called Savea, Jane, and Ben Smith and no doubt others.
Pat McCabe is a great servant of Aus rugby and one of the bravest/toughest rugby players I've ever seen. While he would happily run into a brick wall of razor blades and salt, I dont think he offers enough to be considered our best 12. Australia's potency lies in our outside backs and having a second player who can be a playmaker or running option (read Toomua) is the perfect partner for Quade. It also gives Genia (or whoever the 9 is) a second option to pass to. And with two playmakers you can attack both sides of the field effectively from centre field set pieces (provided we can win the scrum in the first place)
Avatar now by choice. 5-0 in the Ashes and all.
Yep, fair points.
chiefs vs blues game will be a closely fought affair. As will the force cheetahs game.
Genia has refound his mojo in that last game and is clearing the base of the ruck far faster. I don't care that they lost on the weekend as they were never going to win that game. He is back. Interestingly McCabe looked very good in his outing for the Brumbies yet even they won't give him a starting jersey.
AAC showed in his match that he has gone up a level in this year's comp.
Australia are somewhat spoiled for options and will need to have a shrewd selection policy.
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have to say hurricane i thought savea's defence was god awful, his effort in the carraro try was disgraceful
also michael hooper surely isnt far from being the best 7 in world rugby
Aussie have always had good 7s btw for as long as I can remember. Have trouble with some of the other positions like a good 8 man.
Last edited by Hurricane; 04-05-2014 at 03:54 AM.
It's a problem you'll find at every level of australian rugby, to many forwards want to be ball runners and not enough who want to be hard men around the rucks. If we had more players who put more value on smashing someone around a ruck than trying to run over the top of them, we'd be better off for it. There's an argument its got something to do with rugby league having such a big following
is it also possible that the bigger units - guys 6 foot 2, 6 foot 3 and weighing 110 kgs with excellent mobility get snapped up by the other codes as well? I would see little demand for a Michael Hooper or George Smith in league.
Fantastic effort by the Sharks.
Higginbotham went down in my estimation tonight. it was just one play, but it was on out wide and he had a dig at the line instead like a typical forward and the movement eventually came to a halt. yes he is big, yes he is strong, yes he knows the rules and doesn't infringe too much, yes he plays the game with aggression, no he doesn't have good game awareness. Would not have him in my australian team now. Still his team won the game so good on him.
The rebels are mercurial. Impossible to predict which team will show up each week. They are not well coached in the backs - but their forwards seem effective and don't yield much ground. That is how they are competitive.
one things for sure, luke jones is the best second rower in australia right now
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