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    Quote Originally Posted by GoT_SpIn
    Its been a long time since mehrtens was in his prime.
    If he actually got game time in nz rugby not some stupid english tiddly winks he'd get back to his best

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoT_SpIn
    Its been a long time since mehrtens was in his prime.
    I don't dispute that. Obviously Carter > Mehrtens now

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    Wilkinson will struggle to play again it seems. I doubt he will ever get back to his best.

    As for Carter:

    Carter > every rugby player in every position. The man is a god...bit like Wilko used to be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by simmy
    Wilkinson will struggle to play again it seems. I doubt he will ever get back to his best.

    As for Carter:

    Carter > every rugby player in every position. The man is a god...bit like Wilko used to be!
    If gods can lack distribution skills, then yes - Wilko is a god...

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    Jonny will always have a special place in my heart (lol) but yeah, Carter just wipes the board with the lot atm. Hodgson's improved a lot since the autumn, he's just lacking that bit extra that Carter has..

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    A real shame. One of the hardest hitting fly halfs there have ever been, maybe it was all that stupidly tough tackling that took it out on him.

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    And the ridiculous amount of training...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robertinho
    So basically you don't think Wilkinson will recover?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltman
    If gods can lack distribution skills, then yes - Wilko is a god...
    I think it's fair to say he never had the vision of some of the true greats @ 10, but a lot of his perceived weakness in that area was due to the game-plan we tended to adopt.
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    Have you seen him try to pass recently? (ie. on the Lions tour?) It was slow, laboured and looked like a genuine challenge.

    Anyhoo, it looks like Luke McAlister may be our version of Jonny, when it comes to injuries. Fractured jaw on Friday after missing the last two end-of-year-tours with injury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltman
    Have you seen him try to pass recently? (ie. on the Lions tour?) It was slow, laboured and looked like a genuine challenge.

    Anyhoo, it looks like Luke McAlister may be our version of Jonny, when it comes to injuries. Fractured jaw on Friday after missing the last two end-of-year-tours with injury.
    TBF to Jonny his going on The Lions tour was mainly due to SCW's conservatism. Time & tide wait for no man & the poor lad's had nothing but injuries in the last two-and-a-bit years.

    I think it's now doubtful if he'll ever be the player he was. That said I have been impressed with Charlie H in our opening two 6N games & he has a better pass & step than Jonny ever did. Obviously Jonny is (was?) a far superior kicker (out of hand & place kicks), but that could be offset by playing Olly Barkley @ 12 or even Van Gisbergen at full-back when they're fit. I think there's a case to be made that even if he were fit Hodgson would still be our starting ten.

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    Hodgson is far weaker in defence though...

    Wilkinson plays in a traditional English mould. Thats why he was so damn effective.

    Clearly though, Hodgson hasnt been letting anyone down. Kicking has improved massively, as has Tindalls... who can stick in some monster kicks.

    I'd play Wilko at 10 if fit... always.

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