AB EOYT 2018



  • @frank said in AB EOYT 2018:

    51 players.
    Unlucky Akira, you were the 52nd.
    Honest mate.

    If he winds up having a Hika Elliot-type AB career then I am calling goddamn Interpol so they can start criminal proceedings.



  • Some random names to throw into the mix

    Faddes
    Koroi
    Rayasi
    Nabura
    Hunt

    I assume that ACTC will nominate the complete Canterbury NPC side.



  • @rocky-rockbottom said in AB EOYT 2018:

    @frank said in AB EOYT 2018:

    51 players.
    Unlucky Akira, you were the 52nd.
    Honest mate.

    If he winds up having a Hika Elliot-type AB career then I am calling goddamn Interpol so they can start criminal proceedings.

    Don't worry, he could be another Monkley and end up with having a medal named after him.



  • On another EOYT matter, just had a look at tickets for Rome and there are still plenty available.
    If airfares and accom aren't too pricy this could be a weekender.



  • @crucial said in AB EOYT 2018:

    Some random names to throw into the mix

    Faddes
    Koroi
    Rayasi
    Nabura
    Hunt

    The other players involved in the French XV game last year would be a good starting point for the extras:

    Toomaga-Allen
    Moli (injured)
    Aumua
    Bird (overseas)
    Hunt
    A Ioane
    Drummond (could be Weber or Hall)
    Tamanivalu (going overseas)
    Duffie
    Havili

    A good chance to look at Alaimalo and Bridge.



  • So, the magic number is 51, apparently.

    No idea, but here is a start to a list:

    Forwards:

    Codie Taylor, Dane Coles, Nathan Harris, Liam Coltman, Asafo Aumua/Andrew Makalio/Ricky Riccitelli
    Joe Moody, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Tim Perry, + Bolter? (???)
    Owen Franks, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Angus Ta’avao, JTA
    Brodie Retallick, Samuel Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Patrick Tuipulotu, Luke Romano/ or Bolter? (???)
    Liam Squire, Shannon Frizell, Jackson Hemopo, Vaea Fifita
    Ardie Savea, Dalton Papalii, Gareth Evans/ Dillon Hunt (Matt Todd for Japan only?)
    Kieran Read, Luke Whitelock, Akira Ioane

    Backs:
    TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Brad Weber, Bryn Hall
    Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga, + Bolter? (Black, Perofeta, Hunt)
    Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, Ngani Laumape, Rob Thompson/Matt Proctor/Bolter? (Faddes/???)
    Rieko Ioane, Waisake Naholo, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Alaimalo/George Bridge/Ben Lam
    Smith, Jordie Barrett, David Havili/Bolter? (Will Jordan)



  • Remember when we all laughed at Woodward's giant Lions squad of 2005?



  • The form hookers are Makalio and Abel. Are either good enough to tour?



  • @frank said in AB EOYT 2018:

    51 players.
    Unlucky Akira, you were the 52nd.
    Honest mate.

    53rd. The 7th choice blindside at the Highlanders will be 52nd.



  • @crucial said in AB EOYT 2018:

    Some random names to throw into the mix

    Faddes
    Koroi
    Rayasi
    Nabura
    Hunt

    I assume that ACTC will nominate the complete Canterbury NPC side.

    It’s a 51 man squad even I’ll struggle to find that many Saders/Cantabs. A couple of token Canes and Chiefs to fill the gaps.



  • @crucial id say the fringe players they might take will still be available for finals, many will barely play.

    As a bolter lock in a squad like this, I reckon Josh Goodhue will be on thier radar.



  • @taniwharugby said in AB EOYT 2018:

    As a bolter lock in a squad like this, I reckon Josh Goodhue will be on thier radar.

    I'd say Strange and Lousi are ahead of him.

    @gt12 If they use some Japan-based players then Franklin and Dixon are also options.



  • @bovidae Whetton has outplayed them all.



  • @taniwharugby Inside knowledge?



  • @tim said in AB EOYT 2018:

    @bovidae Whetton has outplayed them all.

    If they gut the finals sides for the ABs, I'll be less than impressed. It will reinforce that this competition is worthless as a comp, and only exists as a feeder for Super.



  • @tim said in AB EOYT 2018:

    @bovidae Whetton has outplayed them all.

    But hasn't any Super rugby pedigree yet.

    Would they pick players who have yet to perform at the next level?



  • @bovidae said in AB EOYT 2018:

    @tim said in AB EOYT 2018:

    @bovidae Whetton has outplayed them all.

    But hasn't any Super rugby pedigree yet.

    Would they pick players who have yet to perform at the next level?

    the last I remember is R H McCaw

    If you're good enough...



  • Hansen was fairly clear that the 51 players are for the week after the 3rd Bledisloe by which time Mitre 10 Cup finals will be over so the comp should not be affected at all.



  • @bovidae @Tim in a squad of 51 you'd think there will be a big number of locks, as there is a void behind BBBR & SW, why would they take Romano? Meaning PT, SB and I'd say 5 or 6 others...it will go deep.

    I think they will be looking at players potential, and IMO Goodhue's trajectory (when not injured) has been as good as any in the M10 cup.

    I'm expecting almost half of the extra 20 or so to not even play.



  • There will be ten of the normal squad of 32 staying behind, joined by nineteen extras, so only six will not play. Our do you think they'll change the numbers staying behind?

    Also this will be a Japanese squad without a lot of players (maybe, not sure how Japanese club rugby works), with no prep time so a real ABs C/D team should still be ok