All Blacks v France Test #2



  • When the team being named?

    With no judicial reviews on the card and no-one hobbling off, do we expect the exact same team and bench?

    Media saying SBW will be ready for the third test. Ready for what?? Surely not to play as why would we weaken this team.....



  • @hooroo said in All Blacks v France Test #2:

    When the team being named?

    With no judicial reviews on the card and no-one hobbling off, do we expect the exact same team and bench?

    Media saying SBW will be ready for the third test. Ready for what?? Surely not to play as why would we weaken this team.....

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  • All signs are the same 23. Which seems pointless to me. What do we learn by handing out another hiding. That score line doesn’t fool me at all: ABs looked extremely rusty and we shouldn’t need opposition cards to pull away.



  • I wouldn’t count on the 23 being available ...

    The media campaign about the non citing is off the scale here a I guarantee Gosper and Pichot phones and inboxes are going mental.

    Don’t be surprised to see World Rugby pull out there “this needs further investigation” card here.



  • Nah that's not going to happen.

    I think we will see tweaking, but no major changes. The only time the ABs roll the same team out is when there is something on the line, like rwc knock outs - best team every game. But they'll change a few around, not the experienced core, or those that need more game time. ALB maybe, different bench? I don't know but things will change a little bit



  • I'd like to see Laumape get a start at 12.

    Not sure we had a hard effective runner in the midfield. Crotty and ALB tried hard, but I don't think they were as physical or effective as we'd like



  • @nzzp I'd love to see a Laumape-Goodhue mid-field, but it wont happen with both being greener than green eggs and ham.



  • @taniwharugby said in All Blacks v France Test #2:

    @nzzp I'd love to see a Laumape-Goodhue mid-field, but it wont happen with both being greener than green eggs and ham.

    Laumape has started against the Lions. If you're good enough ...



  • @majorrage said in All Blacks v France Test #2:

    I wouldn’t count on the 23 being available ...

    The media campaign about the non citing is off the scale here a I guarantee Gosper and Pichot phones and inboxes are going mental.

    Don’t be surprised to see World Rugby pull out there “this needs further investigation” card here.

    Where are you living? Ireland?



  • @nzzp who'd he have alongside him?

    Just as a pairing I cant see them starting together, maybe finish a test?



  • @taniwharugby said in All Blacks v France Test #2:

    @nzzp who'd he have alongside him?

    Just as a pairing I cant see them starting together, maybe finish a test?

    I'd be more than happy to have a Laumape Crotty midfield.

    Goodhue probably needs to come off the bench - they usually do that to ease people into Test rugby.

    also, had a verbal report from a mate who was near the coaches box at halftime on Saturday. Hansen and Fossie apparently had faces of thunder, and slammed/vigorously closed the doors behind them on the way down to the HT team talk. I think the blowdryer came out.



  • @billy-tell aren't the French being bolstered this week from their 'good' players?

    @nzzp yeah I think NL/RC might be the best option, but the prospect of NL/JG does seem exciting.



  • Joe Moody hobbled off, but heard no other news about that.

    I think there will be a few changes - given what Stargazer said about everyone getting a run and an assumption that they won't leave all those changes until the third test.

    I reckon Mo'unga might get a start in the third test, in which case TTT needs to come onto the bench for the second test, because you don't want to have those two paired up.

    Changes in the midfield are good bet, with Goodhue featuring somewhere.

    Finally, if Naholo and NMS are both to get a run somewhere, then there probably needs to be a change in the back three for this test. I'm inclined to think they'll want Jordie to go again, so maybe NMS in for Ben Smith (to pair the Hurricanes boys) - with a Rieko, Naholo, BSmith back three in the third test? Or maybe vice-versa. Or something else. 🙂



  • Speaking of midfields you would like to see , obviously not this week ,

    But sbw goodhue are a couple that might compliment each other



  • @kiwiinmelb "Nice guns, Sonny".

    "Thanks, Jack - I like your hair".

    🙂



  • Midfield is really interesting.

    Last weekend's backline didn't really have an obvious crash ball exponent (Savea, Nonu, SBW) until Laumape came on and he showed what he could do.

    I really like Goodhue - he's a combination of power and finesse, so he and SBW could be a good fit - as could he and Crotty, or eventually he and Laumape.

    I wonder whether they might start Laumape and Crotty this weekend and stick Goodhue on the bench. Or, even start the Crusaders' boys - probably with Laumape on the bench (though both options would risk a Laumape-Goodhue midfield for quite a lot of the match - not that I'd be particularly concerned about that).



  • @chris-b said in All Blacks v France Test #2:

    @kiwiinmelb "Nice guns, Sonny".

    "Thanks, Jack - I like your hair".

    🙂

    Best post ever



  • @mn5 said in All Blacks v France Test #2:

    @chris-b said in All Blacks v France Test #2:

    @kiwiinmelb "Nice guns, Sonny".

    "Thanks, Jack - I like your hair".

    🙂

    Best post ever

    No shit, it actually brightened my morning when I read that post.



  • @majorrage said in All Blacks v France Test #2:

    I wouldn’t count on the 23 being available ...

    The media campaign about the non citing is off the scale here a I guarantee Gosper and Pichot phones and inboxes are going mental.

    Don’t be surprised to see World Rugby pull out there “this needs further investigation” card here.

    That would be the end of Gosper's tenure.



  • @antipodean said in All Blacks v France Test #2:

    @majorrage said in All Blacks v France Test #2:

    I wouldn’t count on the 23 being available ...

    The media campaign about the non citing is off the scale here a I guarantee Gosper and Pichot phones and inboxes are going mental.

    Don’t be surprised to see World Rugby pull out there “this needs further investigation” card here.

    That would be the end of Gosper's tenure.

    Really? He's been pretty anti NZ his whole tenure and both him and Pichot have poked their noses in when they feel like it.