Highlanders 2019 Discussion



  • @Chris Wow?



  • @Yeetyaah Yeah WOW How is Collins an answer for The Landers The writer of that article has lost the plot



  • @Chris Oh I thought you were wowing at my comment and were gonna say that he would actually be decent.



  • @Yeetyaah HAHAHA no mate



  • Michael Collins is an excellent answer for the Highlanders fullback question. And the Blues fullback question.

    Sign him up without delay.

    No need to look any further!



  • The Highlanders don't have to look far in their squad for a like for like replacement in Josh McKay. He has a similar build to Smith and seems like a smart, elusive footballer from what I've seen.

    The Highlanders may also go after the likes of Peter Umaga-Jensen and Jonah Lowe who have struggled for minutes at the Canes.

    Collins though....bahahahah



  • @Canes4life

    Agreed. There is plenty of younger talent around - even at the Saders - to try to sign before Collins!



  • @gt12 100% you could probably look at a good 10 players before getting to a guy like Collins.



  • If McKay is an out-and-out goal-kicking speedster, Nareki a freakish finisher and Koroi an electric playmaking option, then Collins brings solidity, maturity, experience and highly-valued communication skills of which Umaga lauded during his time as Blues head coach.
    


  • @Duluth said in Highlanders 2019 Discussion:

    If McKay is an out-and-out goal-kicking speedster, Nareki a freakish finisher and Koroi an electric playmaking option, then Collins brings solidity, maturity, experience and highly-valued communication skills of which Umaga lauded during his time as Blues head coach.
    

    Solidity in that he has bricks for hands.
    Maturity in that having him in your side gets old fast.
    Experience of being mediocre.
    And that highly-valued communication that keeps the score board ticking over and comes up with the big plays.



  • This was written a couple of days ago. Mauger might get demoted



  • Highlights of Liam Squire from the round 10 clash between Alhambra-Union and Taieri.



  • Did he re-injure himself?





  • I mentioned this when watched them in preseason and all season for them. Struggled to contain strong ball carriers. Anyway hopefully Tony comes back and saves the day!



  • Tony Brown confirmed to join coaching team in 2020

    Tony Brown will return to a coaching role with the Highlanders in 2020.
    
    The former Otago and Highlanders player, Head Coach, and assistant coach to Jamie Joseph during the successful 2015 campaign, has been in charge of the Sunwolves this year and is still with Joseph coaching the Japanese national team in preparation for the Rugby World Cup.
    
    Brown has a reputation as one of the sharpest rugby minds in the game and has been the architect of many new and effective attacking plays in recent years. Known as a staunchly parochial southern man he is looking forward to another term with the Highlanders.
    
    “As most people would know the Highlanders are very special team to me and the opportunity to be involved again is too good to turn down” said Brown
    
    “They are a great team to coach, they play positive footy and next year they have some exciting new talent coming through that I believe I can help develop to the next level”.
    
    Highlanders CEO Roger Clark is enthusiastic about the appointment, “Tony is an exceptional coach and to have his talents available to us again is exciting. It would be fair to say that next year we will be embarking on a new era without some of our better-known players from recent times. Brownie will fit in well with our current coaching group and will no doubt get the best out of the new talent the coaching group will have at their disposal next season.”
    
    Brown will be an assistant coach with his coaching portfolio yet to be finalised, but Head Coach Aaron Mauger is looking forward to Brown joining the group ‘‘We’re all looking forward to Brownie’s return to the Landers in 2020, his passion for our club and his rugby intellect will no doubt have a massive influence on our growth over the next few years and beyond. Although there is a great deal of excitement around the future of the club the current team of 2019 are solely focussed on finishing this campaign well. Once the season is finished we will do an extensive review of our program and our coaching set up as we do every season and the coaching roles and responsibilities for 2020 will be discussed and finalised post that, “said Mauger
    
    The Highlanders have already retained a core group of 23 players from this year’s campaign for 2020 including All Blacks Aaron Smith and Liam Coltman and will look to complete selections shortly.
    
    “The Highlanders will announce a number of exciting newcomers in the coming weeks and will be in a position to largely finalise our squad over the next few months”, said Clark.
    


  • @Stargazer excellent. Chiefs or hurricanes fans, you guys want Mauger? He's got cute offload plans but tackling and aggression is optional...



  • @Siam said in Highlanders 2019 Discussion:

    @Stargazer excellent. Chiefs or hurricanes fans, you guys want Mauger? He's got cute offload plans but tackling and aggression is optional...

    Did you read the article? Brown will be assisting Mauger.

    And the answer to your questions is NO!



  • @Nepia yes I read the article, I wanted Brown to be known as " Tony the usurper ", game of thrones style, then Mauger is free to take over from Plumtree or Cooper, or whoever else is your team this week...😉



  • @Siam said in Highlanders 2019 Discussion:

    @Nepia yes I read the article, I wanted Brown to be known as " Tony the usurper ", game of thrones style, then Mauger is free to take over from Plumtree or Cooper, or whoever else is your team this week...😉

    The Chiefs already can't tackle - having the traffic conductor as coach isn't going to help that.


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