Blues 2020



  • @KiwiMurph said in Blues 2020:

    @Dolamite

    All Black first five Beauden Barrett is set to make his debut for the Blues in a month's time against the South African side the Lions in Auckland.
    

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/sport/409359/blues-ready-beauden-for-the-lions

    The Blues then went on to say that Coventry had made a mistake. So not round 7.. probably the original date of round 11

    Or Coventry spoiled the surprise

    It'll be interesting to see where he plays those 2 club games. I assume he'll be added to an Auckland club temporarily



  • @Canes4life yea is odd, original date looked like v Jags, but makes sense for it to be at EP from a marketing POV rather than Whangarei, but yes, even more so v the canes.



  • @taniwharugby said in Blues 2020:

    @Canes4life yea is odd, original date looked like v Jags, but makes sense for it to be at EP from a marketing POV rather than Whangarei, but yes, even more so v the canes.

    that Canes game is the away game though (week before Lions). So doesn't really help Blues much (marketing wise)



  • @KiwiMurph oh is it, thought it was at EP.



  • @KiwiMurph same, thought it was the home game.



  • from the link:

    coming back for the end of the season to come up to speed for the ABs in July.
    then coming back in May 2021.

    so, if we get to the playoffs we'll have him around to swoop in and take the glory. It feels ..... .... .. . . weird?

    However, Barrett will likely miss the majority of the 2020 Super Rugby season, with NZME reporting the 28-year-old will be taking both a non-playing and playing sabbatical as part of his contract extension to stay in New Zealand.

    Barrett will take a break from rugby and make himself available for the last few weeks of the Super Rugby season to get up to speed ahead of the July and Rugby Championship tests, before then joining a Japanese club at the end of the year, where he will be based until May 2021.

    https://www.georgefm.co.nz/home/culture/news/2019/07/beauden-barrett-set-to-join-blues-on-four-year-deal.html



  • Is it time for Beauden Barrett to go back to work?

    Marc Hinton: I suspect so. The fact that he's back around the Blues suggests his feet are getting itchy. He's been slated for an April debut, but maybe that comes forward if he can speed up his return protocols. The Blues certainly need him. And a little bird tells me he has already canned one of his bucket-list events to prioritise his rugby. Sooner the better, so long as he's happy.



  • @Tim if that's true, then that's both amazing and awesome. Players want to play!



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    If the Blues didn't have the green blob. Stolen from FB.



  • @Yeetyaah said in Blues 2020:

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    If the Blues didn't have the green blob. Stolen from FB.

    That's the only way the blues are going to get anywhere, cloned beaudy!



  • South African tour squad named.

    Otere and Rieko included.

    Akira not included as an extra was required with Goodhue out.

    https://blues.rugby/two-key-players-off-injury-list-for-south-africa-tour/

    The travelling squad is:
    
    Forwards: James Parsons, Kurt Eklund, Marcel Renata, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Sione Mafileo, Patrick Tuipulotu, Jacob Pierce, Aaron Carroll, Tom Robinson, Dalton Papalii, Blake Gibson, Tony Lamborn, Hoskins Sotutu.
    
    Backs: Jonathan Ruru, Sam Nock, Stephen Perofeta, Otere Black, Harry Plummer, TJ Faiane, Joe Marchant, Rieko Ioane, Mark Telea, Jordan Hyland, Emoni Narawa, Matt Duffie.
    


  • @KiwiMurph Who is the 8 cover in case Sotutu goes down with injury? Papali'i?



  • @Stargazer he'd be the first option i'd say yep.



  • @KiwiMurph said in Blues 2020:

    Akira not included

    It's a very long way back from here. So frustrating as he's potentially a generational talent. We have to have our systems and processes in place to head this sort of thing off early, and get the best out of our players. It takes a while to get there, but he's showing why it's so important.

    /shakes head.



  • @nzzp said in Blues 2020:

    @KiwiMurph said in Blues 2020:

    Akira not included

    It's a very long way back from here. So frustrating as he's potentially a generational talent. We have to have our systems and processes in place to head this sort of thing off early, and get the best out of our players. It takes a while to get there, but he's showing why it's so important.

    /shakes head.

    This might actually be beneficial for him in that I assume they're working at getting his fitness up and in contrast with the last two years Rangi isn't going to work him to death. If the Blues are around at the business end this year they could have him at peak fitness.



  • @nzzp

    Or the Blues have decided to give him a long off season after playing him into the ground last year. In the Chiefs match he didn't even strip so he would not have taken the field if someone rolled an ankle 5mins before kickoff.
    Remember the TSFers that watched the warmup matches said his fitness was good and he played well.



  • @Nepia said in Blues 2020:

    @nzzp said in Blues 2020:

    @KiwiMurph said in Blues 2020:

    Akira not included

    It's a very long way back from here. So frustrating as he's potentially a generational talent. We have to have our systems and processes in place to head this sort of thing off early, and get the best out of our players. It takes a while to get there, but he's showing why it's so important.

    /shakes head.

    This might actually be beneficial for him in that I assume they're working at getting his fitness up and in contrast with the last two years Rangi isn't going to work him to death. If the Blues are around at the business end this year they could have him at peak fitness.

    I think you are right. He's played the most minutes for us for about three years in a row, got played into the ground by Tana (even when he had options) and he's never recovered. From all accounts he was looking fit and in form in pre-season (despite all the bitchy fat comments he gets on here).

    Perhaps they are giving him a break to get the best out of him later in the season. They have to avoid doing the same grind to Sotutu (or Dalton) so he's going to get an opportunity.

    Be interesting to see a backrow of Dalton, Akira and Sotutu. Get our best players all out there at the same time.



  • Who will call the lineouts?

    I see MacDonald confirmed that Goodhue is the regular caller (which would explain why he plays so often regardless of form)
    Clearly the calling went to shite after his injury last week

    Maybe Robinson?

    I wonder if they'll move him to 6 this week too to add more options



  • @Kirwan said in Blues 2020:

    Be interesting to see a backrow of Dalton, Akira and Sotutu. Get our best players all out there at the same time.

    I think Sotutu will suffer from what Tom Robinson did last year - lots of minutes is really tough for a first year talent. Takes time for the body and mind to get used to the level of effort.

    If they are managing workload, then a break for Hoskins and bringing on a fired up Akira would be great in a few weeks time.



  • @Duluth said in Blues 2020:

    I see MacDonald confirmed that Goodhue is the regular caller (which would explain why he plays so often regardless of form)

    yeah the Northland lineout always functioned better when he is there.


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