TRC squad



  • First try by Stuff:



  • Are they going to keep NMS? He was a marginal pick before, and hasn't exactly showered himself in glory since.



  • @chester-draws time to move on
    from him, surely.



  • @gunner think it was telling he was hooked fairly early last night, unfortunate for him as he didnt get much chance to kick on post RWC with injuries, but not only has his form deserted him, but his pace too.



  • @taniwharugby 27 year old ABs winger, it's the end unless you move into centres 😉



  • @machpants Waisake trying to buck that trend....



  • @taniwharugby said in TRC squad:

    @machpants Waisake trying to buck that trend....

    oh ho ho ho, how droll.

    Naholo seems to be playing his way out of the squad, not into it...



  • Akira fucken Ioane please Sir Mr. Hansen.



  • @nzzp TBF, I struggle to remember when he has played a great game in black, sure he has had moments, but simply hasnt been able to step up the way many would have liked (expected)



  • From Cully's squad...

    Hookers: Codie Taylor, Nathan Harris, Liam Coltman
    Props: Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi
    ​Locks: Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Scott Barrett
    Loose forwards: Vaea Fifita, Kieran Read, Sam Cane, Liam Squire, Ardie Savea/Matt Todd, Shannon Frizell, Luke Whitelock, Jordan Taufua
    Halfbacks: Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
    Five-eighths: Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo'unga
    Midfielders: Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Jack Goodhue
    Outside backs: Jordie Barrett, Ben Smith, Rieko Ioane, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisake Naholo

    If Read wasn't back I could see Akira Ioane taking Fifita's place - but, he's got to move two places up the pecking order, which is a bit questionable unless he was outstanding in camp. However, if Taufua is broken, I think Akira's a chance.

    It's possible that they'll name a squad only for a couple of matches and rotate some of the midfielders in and out to retain an extra outside back - I'd still be doubtful that it would be NMS. I think all of Lam, Bridge and Alaimalo offer more. But, I can't see a lot of point in a fifth outside back, when already probably Naholo doesn't make the starting 23.

    JTA maybe instead of Laulala - is Nepo playing club rugby yet?



  • @chris-b confirmed Taufua is gone

    @stargazer said in Crusaders v Hurricanes - SF:

    Feeling sorry for the lad. Taufua deservedly called into the ABs in May, but couldn't play because of injury. If he had any chance of being called up for the RC, that chance is gone now, too. I know there's disagreement about whether he should be an AB or not, but this is just really tough luck.



  • @chris-b said in TRC squad:

    From Cully's squad...

    Hookers: Codie Taylor, Nathan Harris, Liam Coltman
    Props: Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi
    ​Locks: Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Scott Barrett
    Loose forwards: Vaea Fifita, Kieran Read, Sam Cane, Liam Squire, Ardie Savea/Matt Todd, Shannon Frizell, Luke Whitelock, Jordan Taufua
    Halfbacks: Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
    Five-eighths: Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo'unga
    Midfielders: Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Jack Goodhue
    Outside backs: Jordie Barrett, Ben Smith, Rieko Ioane, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisake Naholo

    If Read wasn't back I could see Akira Ioane taking Fifita's place - but, he's got to move two places up the pecking order, which is a bit questionable unless he was outstanding in camp. However, if Taufua is broken, I think Akira's a chance.

    It's possible that they'll name a squad only for a couple of matches and rotate some of the midfielders in and out to retain an extra outside back - I'd still be doubtful that it would be NMS. I think all of Lam, Bridge and Alaimalo offer more. But, I can't see a lot of point in a fifth outside back, when already probably Naholo doesn't make the starting 23.

    JTA maybe instead of Laulala - is Nepo playing club rugby yet?

    If Coles is (almost) good to go as the media suggest, will they still take Coltman? If they do, there will be 4 hookers in the squad. It has been suggested in the media that if that happens, they'll reduce the number of loosies. Even with Taufua out, that might make Akira's chances slim.

    Has TTT done enough to get a re-newed call-up? Could Hall be a bolter?

    Things will get interesting if Ardie hasn't recovered enough for Bled I, and they can't keep Todd in NZ. Then they'd need to call up another 7 as back-up for Cane. Who? Evans?



  • @taniwharugby Jeez - that is gutting for Taufua.

    Well, let's hope they call up Akira instead so that the Blues fans can call off their campaign to rubbish every other loose forward who is not him. 🙂

    @Stargazer I don't think they'd need to carry three other hookers if Coles is truly good to go - the third hooker is only there for a late emergency and Coles can do that. I'm also not convinced that Coltman should be the hooker to depart if Coles arrives.

    TTT is a slightly unusual one. At least when Frizell has sat on the bench in recent times, he's been behind Whitelock and Squire. TTT has sat on the bench behind Weber! I think Hall is deserving of a shot somewhere along the line - seems to do most things pretty competently.

    Evans would be a reasonable prospect. Hunt has been there before hasn't he? But Ardie was bracketed for last night's game and has another week before the team is named, so I think he'll be OK.



  • @chris-b said in TRC squad:

    Well, let's hope they call up Akira instead so that the Blues fans can call off their campaign to rubbish every other loose forward who is not him. 🙂

    odds on:

    6 Squire
    7 Cane
    8 Read

    injured: Taufua, Todd

    so that leaves us with, in order, Hansen's next cabs off the rank:

    • A.Savea
    • Luke Shartlock, journeyman.
    • Dick Frizzle, 2018 Landers bench crossword champion
    • Hemopo
    • FFSFifita
    • fuck it, Sbarrett can play 8 can't he?
    • Gareth Evans
    • George Whitelock
    • has to be another Whitelock floating about somewhere.
    • ...or another Barrett.

    Akira Ioane



  • @rocky-rockbottom 😂
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    Hopefully not true!



  • is Nepo playing club rugby yet?

    club rugby finished in Counties, will keep an eye out for him counties pre season games.



  • I would select (but I am not a selector) but it won't happen :

    Moody, Tu'inukuafe, Franks, Ofa-T, JTA (too early for Laulala)
    Taylor, Coltman, Makalio
    Retallick, Whitelock, Barrett
    Squire, Cane, Hemopo, Todd, Read, Ioane
    Smith, TJP, Hall
    Barrett, DMac, Mo'unga
    SBW, Crotty, Goodhue, ALB
    Ioane, Naholo, Smith, Barrett, Bridge



  • @cgrant said in TRC squad:

    I would select (but I am not a selector) but it won't happen :

    Moody, Tu'inukuafe, Franks, Ofa-T, JTA (too early for Laulala)
    Taylor, Coltman, Makalio
    Retallick, Whitelock, Barrett
    Squire, Cane, Hemopo, Todd, Read, Ioane
    Smith, TJP, Hall
    Barrett, DMac, Mo'unga
    SBW, Crotty, Goodhue, ALB
    Ioane, Naholo, Smith, Barrett, Bridge

    Thanks for clarifying you’re not one of the AB selectors. Now it’s clear for everyone 😉



  • Everyone here in this forum has a selector's soul.
    I have dropped Harris, Frizell, Fifita, Luke Whitelock, Ardie Savea, NMS and Laumape, and brought in Makalio, Hemopo as an additional lock/6, Bryn Hall and George Bridge.



  • @cgrant said in TRC squad:

    I would select (but I am not a selector) but it won't happen :

    Moody, Tu'inukuafe, Franks, Ofa-T, JTA (too early for Laulala)
    Taylor, Coltman, Makalio
    Retallick, Whitelock, Barrett
    Squire, Cane, Hemopo, Todd, Read, Ioane
    Smith, TJP, Hall
    Barrett, DMac, Mo'unga
    SBW, Crotty, Goodhue, ALB
    Ioane, Naholo, Smith, Barrett, Bridge

    Pretty good team there and I wouldn’t have too many grizzles if that team was selected until it comes to the last name on the list. I’m no Bridge hater like some on here, but Alaimalo >>>>>> Bridge