Bledisloe II - Have a stab at the teams.



  • Exercising my constitutional right to procrastinate by having a crack at the teams for Bledisloe II.

    			All Blacks
    		
    	
    			Crockett
    		
    	
    			Coltman/A.Dixon/Elliot
    		
    	
    			Franks
    		
    	
    			Retallick
    		
    	
    			Whitelock
    		
    	
    			Kaino
    		
    	
    			Cane
    		
    	
    			Read
    		
    	
    			A.Smith
    		
    	
    			Beauden
    		
    	
    			J.Savea
    		
    	
    			Crotty (fingers x’d)
    		
    	
    			Fekitoa
    		
    	
    			Dagg
    		
    	
    			B.Smith (wishful change)
    		
    	
    			Coles
    		
    	
    			Hames
    		
    	
    			Faumuina
    		
    	
    			Squire/E.Dixon
    		
    	
    			A.Savea
    		
    	
    			TJ
    		
    	
    			Cruden
    		
    	
    			Leinert-Brown
    		
    	 
    
    			Wobblies
    		
    	
    			Slipper
    		
    	
    			Moore
    		
    	
    			Kepu
    		
    	
    			Douglas
    		
    	
    			Simmons
    		
    	
    			Fardy
    		
    	
    			Pocock
    		
    	
    			McCalman
    		
    	
    			Genia
    		
    	
    			Foley
    		
    	
    			A.Wing
    		
    	
    			Samu Kerevi
    		
    	
    			Folau
    		
    	
    			Ashley-Cooper
    		
    	
    			Haylett-Petty
    		
    	
    			Polota-Nau
    		
    	
    			Sio
    		
    	
    			Alaalatoa
    		
    	
    			Mumm
    		
    	
    			Hooper
    		
    	
    			Phipps
    		
    	
    			Cooper
    		
    	
    			Kuridrani
    		
    	 
    

    Questions for the AB selectors -

    1. originally had Tamanivalu in the #23 jersey, but assuming Crotty is good to go was quite relieved to recall that Lienert-Brown is in the squad, not sold on Seta T.
    2. which Hooker to select, part of me thinks Hika, Coltman has been in squad, Ash Dixon - don't know. How about Riccitelli? its not like we're up against the Springboks or Argies...
    3. Would like to see BFA at #15 over Dagg.
    4. Thinking maybe Eliot Dixon to come in for Squire to mix that up.
       
      Honestly don't know about Wallabies - think the backline could just stay as it was, with Kerevi coming in at #12 (I don't even know whos in their squad - just found names from the England series)
      Kuridrani was pants though, so lets move Folau in, and Petty to #15, meaning they need a left winger.
      I think they'll go back to one #7 - so Pocock it is. Hoopah to bench. Just guessing at #4, #5, #6, #8
       
      Good times.
       
      AB's in a closer one (12+)


  • All Blacks
    CrockettColtman/A.Dixon/Elliot
    Franks
    Retallick
    Whitelock
    Kaino
    Cane
    Read
    A.Smith
    Beauden
    J.Savea
    Crotty (fingers x’d)
    Fekitoa
    Dagg
    B.Smith (wishful change)

    Not enough Canes....



  • Honestly don't know about Wallabies - think the backline could just stay as it was, with Kerevi coming in at #12 (I don't even know whos in their squad - just found names from the England series)

    http://rugby.com.au/teams/wallabies#players



  • Okay, assuming that Taylor, Crotty and Naholo are all injured;

    1. Crockett
    2. Coles
    3. Franks
    4. Retallick
    5. Whitelock
    6. Kaino
    7. Cane
    8. Read (capt)
    9. A. Smith
    10. Barrett
    11. J. Savea
    12. Lienart-Brown
    13. Fekitoa
    14. B. Smith
    15. Dagg
    16. Coltman
    17. Hames
    18. Faumuina
    19. Squire
    20. A. Savea
    21. TJ Perenara
    22. Cruden
    23. Tamanivalu


  • As above, but Riccitelli instead of Coltman and as it is in Wellington, Upper Hutt's favourite son, Cory Jane at 23 for an emotional last Test match in front of his home fans.



  • If Crotty and Naholo are both out, it will be interesting to see who gets called up. I think Proctor would be in with a decent chance.



  • CJ's already in Japan for the All Blacks so Matt Proctor at 23 it is then.



  • Riccitelli playing LH for Bay with Ash Dixon hooking. Seems that Crotty only out for one game, so unlikely to go outside squad.



  • Nanai would be the logical choice to replace Naholo. He was in the training squad the other week wasn't he?



  • Reiko Ioane could be a good Naholo replacement. Plays wing and covers midfield.



  • I saw Riccitelli was playing at LH as well. A versatile front rower is very handy in a touring squad, so I'd like to see the ABs have a look at him in the environment.
    I'm not suggesting he covers both in a match day 23 because we seem to replace the entire front row for tactical reasons, but covering a last minute injury. Very handy.



  • Yep I would like to see Riccitelli sneak in, like others have said he seems to have the build etc to be an international hooker. Wouldn't worry about him being a LH on saturday, thats just a coach trying to get all his good players on the field and probably felt Riccitelli could handle the spot better than Dixon.



  • Reiko Ioane could be a good Naholo replacement. Plays wing and covers midfield.

    he'd have to improve a lot on his Olympic 7's form- not sure we want a winger who targets opposition players to run into.



  • Yep I would like to see Riccitelli sneak in, like others have said he seems to have the build etc to be an international hooker. Wouldn't worry about him being a LH on saturday, thats just a coach trying to get all his good players on the field and probably felt Riccitelli could handle the spot better than Dixon.

    Riccitelli played LH in the NZ Under 20's final in 2015. In his NZ U20s profile, he says he also plays prop. So it's nothing new to him to play LH. Handy, very handy.



  • CJ's already in Japan for the All Blacks so Matt Proctor at 23 it is then.

    Any other Canes backs you've missed?
    How about we use the players already in the squad first.
    Back 3 that finished Bledisloe 1 and then have Tamanivalu or ALB start with the other or Sopoaga on the bench.



  • Any other Canes backs you've missed?
    How about we use the players already in the squad first.
    Back 3 that finished Bledisloe 1 and then have Tamanivalu or ALB start with the other or Sopoaga on the bench.

    You dropping Cruds?



  • You dropping Cruds?

    Not at all. He's a certainty for the 23.
    I guess my take is we have quite a few options within the existing squad. I wouldn't have any issue with both Cruden and Sopoaga on the bench for instance. Sopoaga could cover 2nd 5 or even fullback if necessary.
    It's only Australia.....



  • While a lot of people, and Queenslanders, have various ideas about what team is going to be picked, I doubt whether there will be much more than injury changes, with a bit of forward reshuffling
     
    1 Slipper - skipper
    2 Moore - needs to fall on his sword as far as captaincy goes I think. 
    3 Kepu
    4 Douglas
    5 Simmons
    6 Fardy
    7 Pocock
    8 McCalman/Timani
    9 Genia
    10 Foley - but would be unsurprised if Cooper comes in
    11 Mitchell
    12 Kerevi - there is talk of Folau here. The fuck?
    13 AAC
    14 DHP
    15 Folau
     
    16 TPN
    17 Sio
    18 Alalaatoa
    19 Coleman
    20 Hoopah
    21 Phipps
    22 Foley/Quade
    23 Kuridrani



  • Dunno. Its a pretty bare cupboard for wingers at the moment. Morahan maybe?



  • Cantab79's team looks about right to me - apart from Coltman - I don't see him in the frame.


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