Bledisloe I (All Blacks team room bugged)



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    Looks like Todd will be in 23 for Sydney.





  • Looks like Todd will be in 23 for Sydney.Did I miss something? Where does it say that Todd will feature next week?
    I can only assume Cane is still out, as that's the only way he'll get in.



  • Crikey poor old North Auckland on the wrong end of a hammering there.



  • North Auckland would never have taken that kind of hammering!



  • Crikey poor old North Auckland on the wrong end of a hammering there.Embarrassing score in a full game, let alone a bloody half.
    Something tells me it's gonne be another loooong season for us.



  • My read is that on concussion selectors take the safe option and Cane will be rested.



  • My read is that on concussion selectors take the safe option and Cane will be rested.Fair call.
    Even so, I wouldn't be so certain that Todd will automatically make the 23. If Ardie gets the start, they still have a pretty good impact player in Squire in the squad.



  • Yep cane under doubt. Saw Todd (and hames) at barkers this morning pick up his new all blacks suit



  • Moody out for Sydney. So Ofa or Hames to cover LH.



  • Fair call.Even so, I wouldn't be so certain that Todd will automatically make the 23. If Ardie gets the start, they still have a pretty good impact player in Squire in the squad.I wouldnt imagine them taking the risk of handing over a big advantage in mobility in Sydney , especially after what happened last year there



  • Who played midfield for the majority of the game??  - I am hoping it was Moala and Crotty.





  • The article suggest Moala over Fekitoa. I hope Barrett didn't play purely because of his workload and not that they still see Cruden as the starter.



  • The article suggest Moala over Fekitoa. I hope Barrett didn't play purely because of his workload and not that they still see Cruden as the starter.

    Workload and a slight hangover I would hope



  • One observation is that, given they are both on the small side, Cruden/Crotty, is asking a bit for trouble on D and doesn't have much bite on attack. Cruden has always been much more threatening with a big unit such as SBW at 12 outside him.
     
    So if selectors want Crotty at 12 it would make more sense to start with BB, or even Sopoaga, at 10. Then take your pick at 13.
     
    As an alternative, I'd quite like to see Cruden/Moala at some stage. Would argue for Crotty to start at 13, with Fekitoa/ALB on bench if game won.



  • The article suggest Moala over Fekitoa. I hope Barrett didn't play purely because of his workload and not that they still see Cruden as the starter.

    All Canes were held out on Friday - except for Julian Savea who obviously needed the run.



  • Sheesh all this talk of injured players, who played midfield, when the biggest news was

    Cruden kicked six from seven, before handing the tee to Dagg, who slotted two from three in the 73-0 rout.

    Closer and closer to that 10 jersey he goes 🙂



  • I think they'll go horses for courses with Cruden and Barrett. Both will start games. Question being if Cruds is not starting, does he make the 23? Probably not...



  • I think they'll go horses for courses with Cruden and Barrett. Both will start games. Question being if Cruds is not starting, does he make the 23? Probably not...
    Yeah could well be. Cruden seems to step up against Aus, Barrett against SA.