Chiefs 2019



  • @taniwharugby said in Chiefs 2019:

    according to the radio there is gonna be an announcement about BBBR's future with NZR soon...

    apparently he may not play a test next year though if the reports are accurate.

    So he would play SR next year?

    The exact opposite to Whitelock, who'll miss SR but will play tests?



  • @Stargazer if he is just going to play Super, wouldn't it be more logical for the wallet to take a double season Japan sabbatical?





  • @Stargazer I understood it to be he is taking the whole year off no SR or Tests.



  • @Chris Damn, just let BBBR play Mitre 10 Cup. I'd love to see him play for us after such a long time. Yes, I'm dreaming ...



  • @Stargazer no, will play no rugby in or for NZ





  • @Yeetyaah said in Chiefs 2019:

    Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi signs through til 2021

    https://www.chiefs.co.nz/news-item/te-toiroa-tahuriorangi-extends-contract-with-nz-rugby-and-gallagher-chiefs

    Sweet! Especially as Auckland were sniffing around, by the sounds



  • Sam Cane could possibly return this weekend against the Blues. Brodie is out until the Crusaders game in Suva. Jack "Glass Bones" Debreczeni is available for selection. Taleni Seu is out with an arm injury for the rest of the season.



  • Article about Brad Weber below.

    But while he talks about his role as captain and the way the team has been performing at length, he only has two words when it comes to whether he's had any correspondence from the All Blacks on his big season: "Nah, nothing."
    
    On the surface, that's not that unheard of. There's been plenty of guys over history that have played out of their skin and not even turned the heads of the All Black selectors. But this would have to be the first time in a long, long time that said player was starting ahead of the very man the selectors will pick. Not just starting but finishing too: Weber put in a rare 80 minute shift on Saturday night in a position that is religiously substituted in the professional era.
    
    It also shows that perhaps Steve Hansen doesn't have quite the sway over Super Rugby coaches that everyone presumes he does. Cooper's plan for the Chiefs is now revolving around Weber, now that Damian McKenzie (a player that seemed to be getting shifted between positions at Hansen's behest) is out for the rest of the season.
    
    Weber said that while he has a year left on his contract with the Chiefs, he can opt out and cash up overseas. Tahuriorangi re-signing with the team through to 2022 is a pretty clear indication that may well be the case. If it is, it would end a unique New Zealand rugby career for Brad Weber, a man destined to only wear the All Black jersey once, then spend the rest of his time making people wonder why he never got to do it again.
    

    Opinion: The curious case of Brad Weber and the All Blacks





  • @Stargazer said in Chiefs 2019:

    Article about Brad Weber below.

    But while he talks about his role as captain and the way the team has been performing at length, he only has two words when it comes to whether he's had any correspondence from the All Blacks on his big season: "Nah, nothing."
    
    On the surface, that's not that unheard of. There's been plenty of guys over history that have played out of their skin and not even turned the heads of the All Black selectors. But this would have to be the first time in a long, long time that said player was starting ahead of the very man the selectors will pick. Not just starting but finishing too: Weber put in a rare 80 minute shift on Saturday night in a position that is religiously substituted in the professional era.
    
    It also shows that perhaps Steve Hansen doesn't have quite the sway over Super Rugby coaches that everyone presumes he does. Cooper's plan for the Chiefs is now revolving around Weber, now that Damian McKenzie (a player that seemed to be getting shifted between positions at Hansen's behest) is out for the rest of the season.
    
    Weber said that while he has a year left on his contract with the Chiefs, he can opt out and cash up overseas. Tahuriorangi re-signing with the team through to 2022 is a pretty clear indication that may well be the case. If it is, it would end a unique New Zealand rugby career for Brad Weber, a man destined to only wear the All Black jersey once, then spend the rest of his time making people wonder why he never got to do it again.
    

    Opinion: The curious case of Brad Weber and the All Blacks

    If Jamie Wall wants to wonder why Webber won't get picked, he can open his eyes and watch Webber's passing. That Cooper selects him over anyone else is not an argument in his favour.



  • @Stargazer Where is James Tucker?

    I can only assume he's injured if these guys are getting called up instead of him.



  • @Dice He was in the crowd at the Chiefs vs Sharks game and he seemed fine, no braces on any limbs or anything like that. I also wondered the same thing when I saw him.



  • @Yeetyaah It's strange if there's nothing wrong with him and he's not called up, because he was one of the best locks/blindsides in the NPC. I don't think anyone has heard of the two guys called up.



  • @Dice Yeah I saw the Daymon dude warming up at the Chiefs v Blues game and was trying to post and say he was warming up but couldn't remember the name at all. Tucker is class.



  • So it's not only the Crusaders having their awards night before the SR finals; the Chiefs had their awards night, tonight:

    2019 University of Waikato Under 20 Player of the Year - Kaylum Boshier
    2019 Splice Construction Development Player of the Year - Aaron Carroll
    First Windows & Doors 2019 Rookie of the Year - Etene Nanai-Seturo
    2019 @waikatodraught Fans’ Player of the Year - Brad Weber
    2019 Personality of the Year - Angus Ta’avao
    2019 Mana Kotiate - Tyler Ardron
    2019 Players’ Player of the Year - Anton Lienert-Brown
    2019 Coaches’ Player of the Year - Brad Weber



  • https://www.theroar.com.au/2019/06/19/slammin-sam-cane-shows-just-how-good-the-kiwis-super-sevens-are/

    I'm still thinking we'll see a fair bit of a Cane Savea Read back 3 in the big RWC games



  • Does anyone know whether Mitch Karpik is still injured and whether he's out for a long time, or not?

    I'm working on a blog post and need this info.



  • He was listed as a reserve to play club rugby for Rangatau In Tauranga last weekend.


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