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    Playing XV of the tournament

    I will just name the backs at this stage - as I have never been good picking the front row.

    Here is who I think would make the best back line who has not been ruled out through injury:

    Yachvilli (for kicking alone)

    Meh (no one has stood out once Carter has left)

    Roberts
    Nonu

    Ioane
    O Conner
    Dagg (may be back in future games)


    The contenders for 1st 5 are

    The Irish and the Welsh 10. Both have been quietly efficient.

    Wilkinson has been horrible, Steyn is poor on D, Cooper has done nothing of note. The ABs certainly have nothing to offer. France don't look great shakes in some games in that spot.

    Name your XV and discuss...
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    Healy
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    Castrogiovani
    Nakarawa
    Roussouw
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    Warburton
    Kaino
    Houggard
    Priestland
    Kahui
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    Ashton
    Dagg

    Tried to include players from different nations who I felt had played particularly well at the tournament. Also was a bit inventive with Houggard at halfback (despite him only playing one match there) who I had to put in the team somewhere, and AAC shifting to 13. Hasn't really been a dominant 10 in the tournament so I went with Priestland whos essentially stopping Hook and Stephen Jones from starting for Wales.

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    Hard to make a call on a few players; Harinordoquy had done nothing up until today, but was an absolute Trojan against us. If one applies the "only as good as your last game" rule he'd have a good shout.

    I'd like to find room for Manu, but think I'd probably give Conrad Smith the edge for his wonderful hands.

    Would definitely have Kaino on my blindside flank & probably Warburton as my 7.

    North a shoo-in for one wing and, were he fit, Dagg would be nailed on as #15. Tempting to have the ever elusive Vincent Clerc on my other wing.

    Mike Phillips is in good form, so he'd be my nine and, whilst there hasn't really been a pivot's masterclass yet, I think Cooper has just about shown enough to be my outside half.
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    Matfield a must for 5 after today's game. Just enormous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    I think Cooper has just about shown enough to be my outside half.
    Nah. Priestland, clearly.

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    Heh, did pick Priestland in my XV. Given the performances of Cooper and Steyn today I'd find it extremely hard to argue for either of them in a best XV of the tournament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Nah. Priestland, clearly.
    You'll prefer Cooper after next week...I hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ripper868 View Post
    You'll prefer Cruden after next week...I hope.
    Fixed.

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    didn't notice it at first glance.

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    Who's the Welsh half back? FMD that was a good try he scored against Ireland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Who's the Welsh half back? FMD that was a good try he scored against Ireland.
    Mike Phillips, is it?
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    Dunno, but I read he's about 100 kgs, which is bloody big for a half. He had a great game agaisnt Ireland, though I haven't really been following the tournament enough to comment on what he's been like throughout.

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    Yeh Mike Phillips. Had a great match against Ireland though hadn't really been standing out until then.

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