Big Red for 6 Black?



  • Robinson to be a bolter for All Black squad?
    The freh-faced kid has played well enough to be in contention, especially if he keeps it up until the pointy end of SR.
    I like the following about him
    Mobility
    Good hands
    Excellent link play
    High workrate
    Tackling machine
    Thinks on his feet
    Dynamic and committed
    Mouthy git

    We've looked for an enforcer type since Kaino retired, and none of the incumbents Squire, Frizzle, or the lock/6 options of Hemopo/Barrett - in my view have ticked all the boxes.
    Robinson has the motor and determination to go all the way.



  • @Jailbreak7 said in Big Red for 6 Black?:

    Robinson has the motor and determination to go all the way.

    Yes, but not this year. It's his first year of pro rugby - by September he'll be running on fumes. Good player, big upside, but I can't see a forward busting into the squad in their first year of pro rugby



  • @nzzp Karl says hi?



  • Not close unless there’s an affirmative action agenda for redheads.



  • Lets see how he goes in Blues big games vs Hurricanes (R13). Crusaders (R15) Bulls (R16) Hurricanes again (R18) - especially as thats the pointy end of the season, and they may well be in play-off contention needing wins.

    Don't the selectors tend to put more stock in play-off games or those with the play-off intensity? (which these games should have)

    He looks the goods though a?



  • @nzzp said in Big Red for 6 Black?:

    @Jailbreak7 said in Big Red for 6 Black?:

    Robinson has the motor and determination to go all the way.

    Yes, but not this year. It's his first year of pro rugby - by September he'll be running on fumes. Good player, big upside, but I can't see a forward busting into the squad in their first year of pro rugby

    Dunno, if his body holds out injury-wise, I doubt that will be an issue.

    I'd be surprised if he did make the ABs this year (also disappointed meaning Northland wont get his services 😉 ) but stranger things have happened and if he did make it, it will mean he has carried on his form and as such will be deserving of being a huge bolter.



  • I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t see a black shirt at some stage.

    Equally, I’ll be surprised if he sees it this year.



  • What are the odds that he gets picked before Akira?

    After seeing guys like Frizzel picked..I wouldn't write it off..



  • That’s a no from me for purely selfish reasons..need him for the Mitre 10 Cup ..



  • Dalton and Karl got picked after one season, so it’s possible especially considering the lack of options at six. But it would be a surprise.



  • @Kirwan said in Big Red for 6 Black?:

    Dalton and Karl got picked after one season, so it’s possible especially considering the lack of options at six. But it would be a surprise.

    Karl was injury forced

    Dalton was in trial on the nh tour. For the RWC forwards I can't see them going past people with plenty of experience.

    Possible, but I'd be really surprised. Outside backs are easier to integrate. Also, I suspect they have plans for Akira before Tom.

    Great time to be a blues fan...😀



  • @nzzp yeah was meaning in a large squad pick, not as a starter.

    I’d rather they moved Read to six since he now plays like Kaino used to. Would leave space for a free running number eight, like Read used to be....



  • @nzzp Great time to be a blues fan...😀

    First time I've seen that on the fern for years! Without a sarcastic tone that is.

    Good on ya, it's a nice feeling when the rain finally stops🙂



  • @Siam said in Big Red for 6 Black?:

    @nzzp Great time to be a blues fan...😀

    First time I've seen that on the fern for years! Without a sarcastic tone that is.

    Good on ya, it's a nice feeling when the rain finally stops🙂

    Actually, we're seeing the team on an upswing. Still a long way to go, but we're on our way, and I feel far more optimistic than I have for years. The board, the coach and the playing group are starting to deliver. Good to see. Arguing about how good a rookie will be is a discussion we haven't had a lot of over the last few years.

    The drought:alt text



  • Who?



  • I watched the replay and followed Big Red (very easy to spot)
    By god he went hard out for the whole game.
    Very physical.
    Him at 6, then Read switching to 6 for Akira Ioane to come on at 8 for the last 25-30. Sounds good to me.



  • @Frank said in Big Red for 6 Black?:

    I watched the replay and followed Big Red (very easy to spot)
    By god he went hard out for the whole game.
    Very physical.
    Him at 6, then Read switching to 6 for Akira Ioane to come on at 8 for the last 25-30. Sounds good to me.

    Fark,I just barred up



  • @Frank said in Big Red for 6 Black?:

    I watched the replay and followed Big Red (very easy to spot)
    By god he went hard out for the whole game.
    Very physical.
    Him at 6, then Read switching to 6 for Akira Ioane to come on at 8 for the last 25-30. Sounds good to me.

    Two rookie loosies in the 23, GULP!

    And if Read gets injured in the first 5 minutes we play 75 with them.

    Would rather one at a time...



  • @Kirwan said in Big Red for 6 Black?:

    @nzzp yeah was meaning in a large squad pick, not as a starter.

    I’d rather they moved Read to six since he now plays like Kaino used to. Would leave space for a free running number eight, like Read used to be....

    Yep, Read to 6, Akira to 8. Scott Barrett and Shannon Frizell as back up blindsides. Then Big Red. I wouldn't bother with Liam Squire unless he can regain his form and fitness of 2016.



  • @ACT-Crusader
    Agreed. A risk.
    I also feel we might need some points of difference for the World Cup. We looked bloody predictable at times last year.
    Akira (and perhaps Patty T as an impact lock) as an impact loosie are real points of difference. (admittedly, it could go wrong)


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