Blues 2019



  • @tim said in Blues 2019:

    @kirwan Because he's one of the best and hardest working players in Blues' history.

    Couldn’t agree more.



  • I still love the part he played in the Spencer try against the Crusaders where he marched it to the corner flag and then kicked the conversion. Collins did that one handed pass to Spencer as he ran into the gap. Was awesome. Sadly, that's all mitigated by the fact he played for Northland. 😉



  • @nepia it's dicks like you as why I hate HB 😉



  • Speaking of Collins - Michael Collins is on the bench for club rugby in Auckland this weekend.

    Hooray - Blues have really missed his 'communication skills'



  • @nepia caught up with All Black #772 Stu Wilson yesterday at the Waitemata Club yesterday,had met Stu several times in the past,got to say he was looking the best I had seen him in a very long time,amazing when you make some changes in your life.
    We were talking together about the Blues and it was bad enough about the way they were travelling but it came as a real punch in the nose to see Carlos Spencer had signed with the Canes.
    The great Micheal Jones who was standing with us at the time intervened,and told me that Carlos had applied for the Job as the backs coach with the Blues 2 seasons ago,Stu Wilson also confirmed that with a conversation he had Brian Williams they had together at a function during the week..
    You just have to shake your head,that was at the beginning of Tanas watch..the patients really are running the asylum at the Blues.

    Just on a footnote, I asked Stu if he still stayed in touch with Bernie Fraser,he said Bernie is living in a Perth,works at a mine..
    He reckons the rest of his life he can’t remember,take out of that what you can..but he’s got himself right and looks really good.still funny as ever..



  • @steven-harris Waitemata are looking pretty good this year, aren't they? Are they a good chance for the playoffs? How did Adrian Choat go?



  • @tim Waitemata have had a very good off season,they are very fit,not the biggest team I have ever seen,but they do have a couple really good athletes in the pack,Adrian Choat packed down at number 8,huge workrate..
    I don’t know if you remember Ari Hunt who played number 8 for the Blues in 2015,not sure what happened to this kid,I know he picked up an injury in late 2015 with Auckland,did not train and in the space of a year,had his Auckland contact torn up and ,went from 118kgs to 165kgs,Still looks around 150kg,but is now playing loosehead prop..similar story to Kalolo Tuiloma from Counties Manukau..
    Richie Harris from Auckland rugby was looking at Waitmata loose forward /lock,Jay Tuivati ex Kelston Boys,incredible physical specimen,around 6”3 or 6”4 similar in build to how Ari Hunt use to look..is in the Auckland wider training squad.
    The halfback Godinet Tinei and the first five Dion Fraser are only young but both looked really good..



  • @steven-harris Sounds good. Thanks for the report. 🙂



  • @steven-harris Did he refer to a rugby ball as "the nut" ... ?



  • @majorrage he does actually..loves the Canes





  • @kiwimurph That's a great signing.



  • MacDonald must have been offered a VERY good deal to move to Auckland as he was reluctant to move his family to Chch.



  • @bovidae said in Super Rugby News:

    reluctant to move his family to Chch

    That was the official reason, perhaps it was something else ...



  • @bovidae said in Super Rugby News:

    MacDonald must have been offered a VERY good deal to move to Auckland as he was reluctant to move his family to Chch.

    Hopefully he's the head coach, just without the title



  • @tim said in Super Rugby News:

    @kiwimurph That's a great signing.

    Like fuck it is! 😞



  • Now let's get Coventry in charge of the forwards, and a new defence coach.



  • @tim said in Super Rugby News:

    Now let's get Coventry in charge of the forwards, and a new defence coach.

    If they're not firing Tana then the first guy's head on the block should be the forwards coach.

    Against the Tahs the commentators were saying the Blues haven't scored from a lineout drive all season. That's no use. Probably cost two or three close games right there.



  • @chris-b said in Super Rugby News:

    Against the Tahs the commentators were saying the Blues haven't scored from a lineout drive all season. That's no use. Probably cost two or three close games right there.

    Steve Jackson. His packs have had terrible maul defence too (Counties and North Harbour before the Blues)
    I wouldn't be surprised to see him move sideways to defence coach



  • Dave Ellis is listed as the skills coach so is his head on the chopping block? Or does Tana assume the role of backs coach in the current coaching team?


Log in to reply