Blues 2019 - (New Head Coach)



  • @tim Goodhue has been very good, as has Robinson.

    Both didnt play last night, and our lineout that had been functioning well struggled last night, we also missed both at the breakdown, conceding a bazillion turnovers



  • Tupou is another poor signing that ensures that a quality player (or multiple) will miss out due to numbers.





  • Tim said:

    I'm only a fan, and I bloody considered leaving the Blues



  • @kiwimurph An awful signing. I don't know how he got an extension.



  • African Monkey said:

    @kiwimurph An awful signing. I don't know how he got an extension.

    Cos he's mates with Tana from Counties. Urgh.



  • The starting positions we need improvements in:

    Hooker
    Halfback
    First Five
    Centre
    Fullback

    Hoping we recruit:

    Samisoni Taukei'aho
    Leon Fukofuka
    Otere Black returns well from injury
    Tumua Manu
    Shaun Stevenson

    Then bench tighthead prop needs addressing. Renata has the workrate, but his scrummaging will need to go up a notch.

    Tu’inukuafe
    Taukei'aho
    Tu'ungafasi
    Scrafton
    Tuipulotu
    Olmsted
    Gibson
    Ioane
    Fukofuka
    Black
    Ioane
    SBW
    Manu
    Duffie
    Stevenson

    Parsons
    Hodgman
    Renata
    Whetton
    Papali'i
    Pulu
    Perofeta
    Nonu

    Should be a lot of competition at lock and loose forward, which pleases me no end.





  • @taniwharugby hope they have got security..!



  • @steven-harris said in Blues 2019:

    @taniwharugby hope they have got security..!

    Blues better lock their shit.. Tutu finger capital of NZ!



  • Rene Ranger has signed with the Sunwolves for 2019:

    Hoping this means that Tumua Manu has signed with the Blues.



  • @tim happy for the rooster..!



  • Scotty Stevenson said on his podcast today that there are rumours circulating that Shaun Stevenson is coming to the Blues.

    Please be true.



  • @tim said in Blues 2019:

    Scotty Stevenson said on his podcast today that there are rumours circulating that Shaun Stevenson is coming to the Blues.

    Please be true.

    Big wraps on Tumua Manu from Steven Bates, who is a dev coach with Harbour and the Blues.



  • @tim said in Blues 2019:

    Scotty Stevenson said on his podcast today that there are rumours circulating that Shaun Stevenson is coming to the Blues.

    Please be true.

    It would relegate Collins to where he should be - a utility who makes the 23 when injuries hit

    If this does happen its another big win for Coventry after recruiting Tu'inukuafe. MacDonald needs to up his game.. he's falling behind in the race to be 2020 coach



  • @tim said in Blues 2019:

    @tim said in Blues 2019:

    Scotty Stevenson said on his podcast today that there are rumours circulating that Shaun Stevenson is coming to the Blues.

    Please be true.

    Big wraps on Tumua Manu from Steven Bates, who is a dev coach with Harbour and the Blues.

    Manu is a must sign for the Blues.



  • As an outside spectator of the Blues, Stevenson would be a fantastic signing. He will add plenty of variety in that backline, with a Ioane, Duffie, Stevenson back three.

    The Blues have probably been guilty in the past of having too similar a player through their backline.

    I think the question marks around Manu would be his distribution game because if he is another Moala there is no chance he is going to set his outsides away on a regular basis. If he is a Fekitoa type player then he could, however, fit fairly nicely outside Sonny Bill.

    Also where would a player like Rayasi fit in the squad with guys like Ioane ahead of him, is there room for him anywhere as he looks like a great prospect?



  • @canes4life Manu is a much better distributor than Moala. While his passing game could still improve - he's put wingers away with passing (and with some excellent kicking) this season. He should be Blues starting Blues 13.

    The problem for the Blues is there's only limited spots and they have some questionable signings taking up roster spots.

    Rayasi absolutely should be in the squad but there's only so many outside back spots and with Collins (lol), Nanai, Duffie, Ioane and Clarke already signed (and Stevenson?) there's not many spots for a winger. Collins will leave after this season so how does that help the Blues. In the meantime they are likely to lose Rayasi to another franchise.

    It's the same problem in the midfield - SBW, Nonu and Tele'a already signed, supposedly Faiane is signed, that doesn't leave much room for Manu. Blues could easily lose Manu to another franchise and then SBW and Nonu bugger off after next season leaving the Blues in strife.



  • @tim said in Blues 2019:

    Scotty Stevenson said on his podcast today that there are rumours circulating that Shaun Stevenson is coming to the Blues.

    As a Chiefs fan I would be disappointed but not surprised. Stevenson is a NH boy so might want to be based there all year. It would also indicate that Alaimalo is their first-choice fullback.

    A few decent Auckland outside backs will be available as the Blues can't sign everyone.



  • Nonu's hemisphere hopping and eventual return home could well be a path Luatua treads, too. For now, he seems content.

    "If Bristol will have me for the next couple of years I'll stay and do my time here. And then we'll see what happens."