@Steven-Harris I would rather of them looked at some up and coming outside back from the pacific Islands there’s got to be heaps that would be a better fit then Van Wyk
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@mikey07 I would imagine Plumtree would have had a hand in this selection, but also imagine he would have done some due diligence on this guys selection...hey if this guy has a stellar season , everyone will be lauding this selection..
@Steven-Harris haha isn’t that part of being an arm chair selector. I’m not doubting he won’t be good but just rather something from closer to home got a chance.
@mikey07 I think it's only for one season, like Tom Parsons, so back in May for the second round of club rugby in Hawke's Bay and then the Mitre 10 But you never know; if they like him, they may try to lure him there, permanently. Hopefully, that won't happen.
Devan Flanders has been listed as a loose forward here so I'm hoping that was someone not doing their job properly. Apart from the obvious release of Beaudy and the lack of depth at 10, I think the Canes look stronger than they did last year. Finally we have some good looking depth in the tight five and good depth in most areas. I expect us to push for the title.
Phew, maybe they wanted to give him another year at Mitre 10 level before he gets a contract for the Canes next year.
@Canes4life Flanders as a loosie makes way more sense!
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@Canes4life I admire your positivity, but I'd like to point you too the oft repeated phrase 'you don't win the comp/cup without a stellar ten'
I hope I'm wrong
@Stargazer He is our future no 8 IMO. Has all the hallmarks of a future captain. Just hope he lives up to the billing.
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Flanders as a lock would mean the Hurricanes coaches have the intelligence of a biscuit.
@Canes4life Flanders is only 20 years old, so give him a few years before judging.
Fair call, he looks like a real talent from what I've seen. Hopefully he gets a good trot this year.
@Machpants you aren't wrong. Just hope we can buck that trend with what looks to be a promising engine room. If they can get a stable platform then we have the weapons to do the job, just need a steady 10 to guide the ship.
I would really have liked to see the signing of Lincoln McClutchie - a little general worth investing in IMO.
My top 23 for next year:
- Fraser Armstrong
- Dane Coles (c)
- Tyrel Lomax
- Scott Scrafton
- Isaia Walker-Leawere
- Vaea Fifita
- Ardie Savea
- Gareth Evans
- TJ Perenara
- James Marshall
- Ben Lam
- Ngani Laumape
- Vince Aso
- Wes Goosen
- Jordie Barrett
- Asafo Aumua
- Xavier Numia
- Alex Fidow
- James Blackwell
- Du Plessis Kirifi
- Jamie Booth
- Fletcher Smith
- Peter Umaga-Jensen
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@Jonty-lean Fidow isn't a loosehead.
@Canes4life Agree with that, except:
I think Rakete-Stones is better than Numia, so I'd give R-S the 17 jersey.
Toala is an excitement machine. I'd put him at 23. I can see him challenge Laumape for the 12 jersey; maybe not this year, but I can see it happen.
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Can anyone remember who our first fives were way back in the days when the Canes still played at Athletic Park and Mel Arnold (or whoever that curly haired 1st five from Canterbury) was in the squad. This years bunch of first fives might struggle to outrate that one.
@Stargazer I think you could go either way with that reserve loosehead position. I actually think Numia and PRS could surpass Armstrong by the seasons end, I only have him starting initially because of experience.
Same with the reserve 23 jersey, you could probably have Toala, Tiatia, Proctor or Umaga Jensen in there and they would all be nothing to sneeze at.
I have Marshall starting at 10, but I think they should go with a punt and give the first five jersey to Jordie.
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@Canes4life As long as it isn't JGB at 10/22. He's shouldn't be anywhere near the 23.
I think Fletcher Smith is reasonable option, too.