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RE: Elliott Dixon
You wonder at what point Akira Ioane will get the call up , not that there is any rush , none really
But you would think that one is a matter of when they think he is ready
And when it does happen , does he push someone out
Akira needs to be told the ABs have a no dickhead policy and to sort out his shit.
RE: Exodus 2017
The gap between Carter and the rest in 2009-11 (after Evans left) was actually huge so made picking a replacement a lot harder. They did freak out a bit, and blow their own plan in 2010 by not taking away Cruden and Slade. In the end they needed all of them anyway - so maybe it didn't matter. (I see we're perpetuating the Slade saves our bacon myth instead of the Kaino saves out bacon truth ).
But hey, sometimes a coach gets lucky and the timing is right, Hansen did ok, DC left and Barrett turns in career best performances that many if they're honest didn't think he had in him, and before that he had Cruden to come in when DC was injured at a time when Cruden was on fire.
@MajorRage Yep, the McAlister selection against France was the worse thing possible for both NZ and him. We blew a test, and he lost most of his reputation (his return is looked back as completely negative now when he actually had a couple of decent tests.)
Did he? From memory, I thought he looked good against weak opposition but the minute he faced a decent defence, all he did was ineffectively run sideways. He was no better than Donald (arguably worse).
In hindsight, dropping Cruden was the biggest mistake because Slade didn't exactly turn out to be a memorable AB 10 anyway. From memory, 2011 was the HammerCanes year, which was a complete mess and one of the main reasons why Cruden missed out on the AB squad at first. The next year he was at the Chiefs, had a brilliant Super season and easily made the ABs, so they should've given him a chance to settle in.
But having said all that, who gives a shit about drudging this crap up yet again? Maybe you've forgotten but we won the 2011 RWC, in part because we had four AB 10s. Things worked out like a cliche sports movie, with Donald getting a ton of undeserved shit from all corners but coming back and turning himself into a hero. If I could go back and change it, I wouldn't change a thing (well, maybe drop Guildford...).
RE: Aussie Rugby
What? I don't get it. Did you get this take from Alan Jones or something? So it's the format, Europe and the Sunwolves fault Australia have three wins over NZ teams over the last one and a half seasons? I have no idea how exactly the format itself has somehow made their teams worse or how the Sunwolves and their FOUR Australian players are diluting Australian rugby (which if that's the case, only helps prove the point they never had the depth to support five teams) but you don't think NZ has to deal with the crap format and the increased salaries in Europe either? Are we in a parallel dimension where we don't have those problems too or something? The big difference from where I'm standing is we have a system that works incredibly well, going from the grassroots right up to the ABs. Australia doesn't, they built a house with an incredibly weak foundation and are now suddenly shocked the fucking thing has fallen apart.
RE: Springboks v All Blacks
@Unco big picture... I think they'll looking at the South Africa game as a trial, because they'll be targetting that next game against Australia.
Smith is definitely coming back in for Perenara. Makes sense to pair him with Sopoaga, Naholo & Fekitoa and B.Smith - effectively a Highlanders backline.
Being so far up allowed the coaching staff the opportunity to give guys a longer rest than usual. Barrett definitely could use a spell - he was down a level today.
I'm not against giving Sopoaga or Naholo runs but I really don't like the idea of chopping and changing by far the best midfield combo we've seen this season. Give the combo more time to settle.
RE: Olympics Thread
It's really pretty stupid the Paralympics takes place after the Olympics, it just makes it seem like an afterthought (and gives the host the opportunity to fuck them over with their budget).
Put it in front of the Olympics and you've basically got your warm-up and I think it'd draw a lot more eyes that way. Maybe even combine the two together and do something like: Opening Ceremony -> Paralympics -> Olympics -> Closing Ceremony
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RE: Waikato and the Chiefs
Seems like an outdated argument to me. The WRU are a mess and Waikato had a shit season but the Mitre 10 Cup is becoming less and less important every year, all the money goes to Super Rugby and that's the priority. It may sting because we all grew up with the NPC but what's important is getting the best players in NZ into the 5 franchises, not strengthening teams in a much less important competition.
The way I see things, the Mitre 10 Cup is basically turning into a developmental league. The next step will probably be resting starting Super players from playing in it, leaving just the U20 players, fringe Super players and club stand outs.
RE: Chiefs 2018
@kiwimurph solid point! Maybe I have it the other way round?!?
You sure you're not thinking of Rennie, Nisbo?
Wayne Smith has always been said to see DMac as a 10 and disagreed with Rennie playing him at 15 all the time, so no surprise if Hansen's thinking along the same lines too. I don't think we know what Cooper's planning yet but seeing as Cruden's gone and Beaver's been dropped (for shame!), there aren't exactly many options.
RE: Law trials and changes
@Unco not that I'm a fan of the hacking at the ball at the ruck anyway, but isn't disrupting play for the other team a large part of competing for possession?
Sure but there should at least be some illusion of proper competition there. To me it isn't much different than a deliberate knock on.
RE: Law trials and changes
Some good changes in there but why the fuck did it take so long to ban kicking the ball in the ruck? It's good that they've finally done it but even ignoring player safety, it was never about competing for the ball, just disrupting play for the other team. I've always hated it.
RE: All Blacks v Pumas
ALL BLACKS: Damian McKenzie, Israel Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Vaea Fifita, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Joe Moody.
Reserves: Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Scott Barrett, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Lima Sopoaga, Ngani Laumape.
Return of the hot stepper.
Good to see Nehe back.
Little bit of rotation without going OTT. Good.
Sammy deserves a rest.
Would be fun to watch Laumape and Dubs together although I don't expect that to be plan A.
Only question for me is TKB on the bench. No problem in as much as he is clearly in the 3 best halfbacks, but as he's leaving are we missing a chance to get another 9 blooded? Or is Weber next in line and still not 100% so TKB is stop gap as nobody else is ready?
Who says they'll even have 3 full-time halfbacks in the squad after TKB leaves? It wasn't that long ago they only had Weepu and Cowan, with Ellis only called up when needed.
RE: Auckland vs Waikato
Who won this game again?
Check the table on the official website:
Looks like it's fixed now.
I love how they've still got "Official home of the Investec Super Rugby competition" in the page title an entire year (and major sponsor change) after I first noticed it. An even sloppier effort than last night's game.