AB EOYT 2018



  • So 29 that currently aren't in the squad. Guesses?

    May be easier to start by guessing the 10 not going straight to their nice room at the Lensbury

    I'm guessing a Front Row from the likes of Ofa, Angus, Harris. Patrick T and possibly BBBR if he needs a warmup game.
    Loosies are an issue with Cane injured as it cuts down the options to have experience in the mix if Read goes to London.
    Two of the halfbacks will have to stay in Japan surely? TJP (dark horse captain) and TTT
    I'm guessing RM at 10, the youngsters at 12/13 and DMac at 15

    So starting XV of

    Angus
    Harris
    Ofa
    Pat T
    ? (BBBR?)
    ?
    ?
    ?
    TJP
    RM
    ?
    ALB
    Goodhue
    ?
    DMac

    So the big places up for grabs for a starting jersey are in the loose forwards and/or lock (Fifita?) along with a couple of wings.
    FABGB is an option on one wing and Havili is a good bench option.
    NMS could possibly drop from main squad to the Japan only group and take a spot.

    When does Todd become available again?



  • 51 players.
    Unlucky Akira, you were the 52nd.
    Honest mate.



  • @crucial
    Ta'avao is only a TH unless you are suggesting Ofa play at LH.

    Would they select Laulala in an enlarged squad after only one M10 Cup game?



  • Just caught up with other news and I guess that the 29 will include a bunch of known players returning from injury such as Laulala and Coles



  • @bovidae said in AB EOYT 2018:

    @crucial
    Ta'avao is only a TH unless you are suggesting Ofa play at LH.

    Would they select Laulala in an enlarged squad after only one M10 Cup game?

    Yeah. I guess one of Moody/Karl plays in Japan with Angus in the squad as a benchy



  • There must be some NPC coaches out there sweating on their finals plans.



  • @frank said in AB EOYT 2018:

    51 players.
    Unlucky Akira, you were the 52nd.
    Honest mate.

    If he winds up having a Hika Elliot-type AB career then I am calling goddamn Interpol so they can start criminal proceedings.



  • Some random names to throw into the mix

    Faddes
    Koroi
    Rayasi
    Nabura
    Hunt

    I assume that ACTC will nominate the complete Canterbury NPC side.



  • @rocky-rockbottom said in AB EOYT 2018:

    @frank said in AB EOYT 2018:

    51 players.
    Unlucky Akira, you were the 52nd.
    Honest mate.

    If he winds up having a Hika Elliot-type AB career then I am calling goddamn Interpol so they can start criminal proceedings.

    Don't worry, he could be another Monkley and end up with having a medal named after him.



  • On another EOYT matter, just had a look at tickets for Rome and there are still plenty available.
    If airfares and accom aren't too pricy this could be a weekender.



  • @crucial said in AB EOYT 2018:

    Some random names to throw into the mix

    Faddes
    Koroi
    Rayasi
    Nabura
    Hunt

    The other players involved in the French XV game last year would be a good starting point for the extras:

    Toomaga-Allen
    Moli (injured)
    Aumua
    Bird (overseas)
    Hunt
    A Ioane
    Drummond (could be Weber or Hall)
    Tamanivalu (going overseas)
    Duffie
    Havili

    A good chance to look at Alaimalo and Bridge.



  • So, the magic number is 51, apparently.

    No idea, but here is a start to a list:

    Forwards:

    Codie Taylor, Dane Coles, Nathan Harris, Liam Coltman, Asafo Aumua/Andrew Makalio/Ricky Riccitelli
    Joe Moody, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Tim Perry, + Bolter? (???)
    Owen Franks, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Angus Ta’avao, JTA
    Brodie Retallick, Samuel Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Patrick Tuipulotu, Luke Romano/ or Bolter? (???)
    Liam Squire, Shannon Frizell, Jackson Hemopo, Vaea Fifita
    Ardie Savea, Dalton Papalii, Gareth Evans/ Dillon Hunt (Matt Todd for Japan only?)
    Kieran Read, Luke Whitelock, Akira Ioane

    Backs:
    TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Brad Weber, Bryn Hall
    Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga, + Bolter? (Black, Perofeta, Hunt)
    Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, Ngani Laumape, Rob Thompson/Matt Proctor/Bolter? (Faddes/???)
    Rieko Ioane, Waisake Naholo, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Alaimalo/George Bridge/Ben Lam
    Smith, Jordie Barrett, David Havili/Bolter? (Will Jordan)



  • Remember when we all laughed at Woodward's giant Lions squad of 2005?



  • The form hookers are Makalio and Abel. Are either good enough to tour?



  • @frank said in AB EOYT 2018:

    51 players.
    Unlucky Akira, you were the 52nd.
    Honest mate.

    53rd. The 7th choice blindside at the Highlanders will be 52nd.



  • @crucial said in AB EOYT 2018:

    Some random names to throw into the mix

    Faddes
    Koroi
    Rayasi
    Nabura
    Hunt

    I assume that ACTC will nominate the complete Canterbury NPC side.

    It’s a 51 man squad even I’ll struggle to find that many Saders/Cantabs. A couple of token Canes and Chiefs to fill the gaps.



  • @crucial id say the fringe players they might take will still be available for finals, many will barely play.

    As a bolter lock in a squad like this, I reckon Josh Goodhue will be on thier radar.



  • @taniwharugby said in AB EOYT 2018:

    As a bolter lock in a squad like this, I reckon Josh Goodhue will be on thier radar.

    I'd say Strange and Lousi are ahead of him.

    @gt12 If they use some Japan-based players then Franklin and Dixon are also options.



  • @bovidae Whetton has outplayed them all.



  • @taniwharugby Inside knowledge?