NZ expat team of the year



  • 1 : ?
    2 : McCartney (Connacht)
    3 : Tameifuna (Racing 92)
    4 : Eaton (La Rochelle)
    5 : Thrush (Gloucester)
    6 : Masoe (Racing 92)
    7 : Luke Braid (Bordeaux)
    8 : Vito (La Rochelle)
    9 : Gibson-Parkes (Leinster)
    10 : Slade (Pau) / Bleyendaal (Munster)
    11 : Arnold (Lyon)
    12 : Aki (Connacht)
    13 : Nonu (Toulon) / Smith (Pau)
    14 : Smith (Castres)
    15 : Piutau (Ulster)

    Sub. :
    Forbes (La Rochelle)
    Ah You (Ulster)
    Graham (La Rochelle) / Evans (Sale)
    Grice (Grenoble)
    Matthewson
    Taylor (Paul)
    Parkes (Ulster)



  • 1 - Taumalolo (Grenoble) ?



  • Yes, Taumalolo at LH.

    12 - Nonu (he doesn't play at 13)
    13 - if Buckman counts as an expat (at least temporarily), I'd put him at 13 (Panasonic Wild Knights). He's on fire in Japan. If not, Aki or Conrad Smith at 13.

    I'd make room for Motu Matu'u, either at 2 or 16, and bracket Ben Franks (London Irish) with Ah You.
    Alby Mathewson? He's back in NZ. There's always Andy Ellis (Kobelco Steelers) or Willie Heinz (Gloucester).
    Also, Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets) at 14 instead of Smith.



  • Isa Nacewa has been in very solid form for Leinster.



  • @Billy-Tell Brendon Leonard is playing well at the ospreys



  • @Stockcar86
    Is Taumalolo a NZer ?



  • @cgrant said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @Stockcar86
    Is Taumalolo a NZer ?

    Ben Franks can always come across to loosehead if required.



  • @cgrant said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @Stockcar86
    Is Taumalolo a NZer ?

    Once a Magpie, always a Magpie! We claim him!



  • No space for Toeava I guess.. 🤗



  • That's a really ordinary collection of players



  • @mimic said in NZ expat team of the year:

    No space for Toeava I guess.. 🤗

    It doesn't look like he's lost much explosiveness since he left.



  • He has suffered a long term injury and has appeared in five games only.



  • @mariner4life said in NZ expat team of the year:

    That's a really ordinary collection of players

    It'd make a pretty solid 6th Super team tho'. Which I guess is sort of the point, we've lost depth, one or two guys who would be in the AB squad (Vito, Piatau, Nonu), but mostly our 6th & 7th Super side guys.

    Its also makes it a farce that the Aussie & Saffas push for more teams when they have lost more guys than we have, and in the case of Aussie never had the depth.

    An Aussie expat team would be top drawer. Well, the backs.



  • @gollum said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @mariner4life said in NZ expat team of the year:

    That's a really ordinary collection of players

    It'd make a pretty solid 6th Super team tho'. Which I guess is sort of the point, we've lost depth, one or two guys who would be in the AB squad (Vito, Piatau, Nonu), but mostly our 6th & 7th Super side guys.

    Its also makes it a farce that the Aussie & Saffas push for more teams when they have lost more guys than we have, and in the case of Aussie never had the depth.

    An Aussie expat team would be top drawer. Well, the backs.

    A pretty solid 6th Super team?

    Really? That pack would be eaten alive surely. And Gibson-Park makes Isaac Boss look positively outstanding as a Leinster 9 even though he's retired.



  • @Pot-Hale said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @gollum said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @mariner4life said in NZ expat team of the year:

    That's a really ordinary collection of players

    It'd make a pretty solid 6th Super team tho'. Which I guess is sort of the point, we've lost depth, one or two guys who would be in the AB squad (Vito, Piatau, Nonu), but mostly our 6th & 7th Super side guys.

    Its also makes it a farce that the Aussie & Saffas push for more teams when they have lost more guys than we have, and in the case of Aussie never had the depth.

    An Aussie expat team would be top drawer. Well, the backs.

    A pretty solid 6th Super team?

    Really? That pack would be eaten alive surely. And Gibson-Park makes Isaac Boss look positively outstanding as a Leinster 9 even though he's retired.

    It's hard to take you seriously when you include the words outstanding and Isaac Boss in the same sentence.



  • @Nepia said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @Pot-Hale said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @gollum said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @mariner4life said in NZ expat team of the year:

    That's a really ordinary collection of players

    It'd make a pretty solid 6th Super team tho'. Which I guess is sort of the point, we've lost depth, one or two guys who would be in the AB squad (Vito, Piatau, Nonu), but mostly our 6th & 7th Super side guys.

    Its also makes it a farce that the Aussie & Saffas push for more teams when they have lost more guys than we have, and in the case of Aussie never had the depth.

    An Aussie expat team would be top drawer. Well, the backs.

    A pretty solid 6th Super team?

    Really? That pack would be eaten alive surely. And Gibson-Park makes Isaac Boss look positively outstanding as a Leinster 9 even though he's retired.

    It's hard to take you seriously when you include the words outstanding and Isaac Boss in the same sentence.

    @Nepia said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @Pot-Hale said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @gollum said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @mariner4life said in NZ expat team of the year:

    That's a really ordinary collection of players

    It'd make a pretty solid 6th Super team tho'. Which I guess is sort of the point, we've lost depth, one or two guys who would be in the AB squad (Vito, Piatau, Nonu), but mostly our 6th & 7th Super side guys.

    Its also makes it a farce that the Aussie & Saffas push for more teams when they have lost more guys than we have, and in the case of Aussie never had the depth.

    An Aussie expat team would be top drawer. Well, the backs.

    A pretty solid 6th Super team?

    Really? That pack would be eaten alive surely. And Gibson-Park makes Isaac Boss look positively outstanding as a Leinster 9 even though he's retired.

    It's hard to take you seriously when you include the words outstanding and Isaac Boss in the same sentence.

    @Nepia said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @Pot-Hale said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @gollum said in NZ expat team of the year:

    @mariner4life said in NZ expat team of the year:

    That's a really ordinary collection of players

    It'd make a pretty solid 6th Super team tho'. Which I guess is sort of the point, we've lost depth, one or two guys who would be in the AB squad (Vito, Piatau, Nonu), but mostly our 6th & 7th Super side guys.

    Its also makes it a farce that the Aussie & Saffas push for more teams when they have lost more guys than we have, and in the case of Aussie never had the depth.

    An Aussie expat team would be top drawer. Well, the backs.

    A pretty solid 6th Super team?

    Really? That pack would be eaten alive surely. And Gibson-Park makes Isaac Boss look positively outstanding as a Leinster 9 even though he's retired.

    It's hard to take you seriously when you include the words outstanding and Isaac Boss in the same sentence.

    I know. Now think about Gibson Park....