"This group of young men" : this doesn't apply to Geldenhuys, IMO.
Posts made by cgrant
RE: All Black Coach - Ian Foster
Worries if the current specialists are maintained :
- Defence (McLeod) : porous, to say the least. I would have liked to see a specialist of the rush defence.
- Kicking from hand (Hill) : was very poor. Is Hill the main culprit or is it because Barrett and Mo'unga don't know how to kick ?
RE: SA S15 Conference 2020
We lost a lot of players and at this stage no franchise had their squads on paper, so still a lot of guessing.
The Stormers: (last year of rugby on Newlands)
My A team:
Herschel Jantjies/Damian Willemse/Seaball Senatla/Huw Jones/Daniel du Plessis/Sergeal Pietersen/Dillian Lleyds
Steven Kitshoff/Bongi/Frans Malherbe/JD Schickerling/Moerat/Kolisi/PsdT/Jaco Coetzee
Jano Vermaak/Josua Stander (JL du Plessis)/Adwill van der Merwe/Rikus Prinsloo/Ruhan Nel/Lionel Zas/Tristen Lleyds
Ali Vermaak/Scarra/Wilco Louw/C vanZyl/Meihuizen/Ernst van Rhyn/Trokkie
Bulls Player losses:
Schalk Brits (Retired)
Lood de Jager (to England Sale Sharks)
Jason Jenkins (to Japan Toyota Verblitz)
Eli Snyman (to Italy Benetton)
RG Snyman (to Japan Honda Heat)
Hendré Stassen (to France Stade Français)
Thembelani Bholi (to Southern Kings)
Jannes Kirsten (to England Exeter Chiefs)
Paul Schoeman (to Japan Honda Heat)
Roelof Smit (to Lions)
Hanro Liebenberg (to England Leicester Tigers)
Duane Vermeulen (to Japan Kubota Spears)
André Warner (to Lions)
Handré Pollard (to France Montpellier)
Chris Smith (returned to Pumas)
JT Jackson (to Southern Kings)
Jesse Kriel (to Japan Canon Eagles)
Travis Ismaiel (to England Harlequins)
Duncan Matthews (to Lions)
Confirmed gains so far:
Juandré Kruger (from France Toulon)
Abongile Nonkontwana (from Cheetahs)
Josh Strauss (from England Sale Sharks)
Morné Steyn (from France Stade Français)
Frans van Wyk
Jannie du Plessis ?
Pikkie de Villiers
Morné van den Berg
Jan-Louis la Grange
Lourens van der Schyff
Sharks Player losses:
Tendai Mtawarira (retired)
Coenie Oosthuizen (to England Sale Sharks)
Cullen Collopy (to United States New Orleans Gold)
Akker van der Merwe (to England Sale Sharks)
Ruan Botha (to England London Irish)
Jean-Luc du Preez (to England Sale Sharks)
Jacques Vermeulen (to England Exeter Chiefs)
Dan du Preez (to England Sale Sharks)
Philip van der Walt (to England Newcastle Falcons)
Robert du Preez (to England Sale Sharks)
Andre Esterhuizen (to Japan Munakata Sanix Blues)
Kobus van Wyk (to New Zealand Hurricanes)
Rhyno Smith (to Cheetahs)
Courtney Winnaar (to Southern Kings)
Robert du Preez Snr (released) - Coach
Player gains so far:
Michael Kumbirai (from Stormers)
Ox Nché (from Cheetahs)
Jordan Sesink-Clee (from Maties)
Sikhumbuzo Notshe (from Stormers)
James Venter (from Lions)
Henco Venter (from Cheetahs)
Jordan Chait (from Maties)
Werner Kok (from South Africa Sevens)
Madosh Tambwe (from Lions)
Sean Everitt (from Sharks) - Coach
Juandre Kruger is currently playing for the Llanelli Scarlets.
RE: Exodus 2019 (player departures for 2019/2020 NH season)
Sam Davies was very good when he was playing for the U20s but could not fulfill this early promise at the professional level.
RE: [Poll] The final choice (AB Coach)
The assistant I most want to change is McLeod. I have nothing against him but under his expertise, the All Blacks' defence looked way too passive, not up to the standards shown by England or South Africa. I'd like to see Wayne Smith back in the assistants' team, particularly if Robertson is named as he would bring his great experience.
RE: AB 1st 15
If you were watching La Rochelle, you would see that Vito is past it. I hope for him and his team this is just a problem of fitness.
12. I can't wait to see what Nankivell could do. He has developed very quickly this year and could be a bolter for the ABs.
RE: Super rugby omissions
Adrian Choat is not an omission as he is heading overseas (or is he heading overseas because he was overlooked ?).
Alex Ainley is now very old.
Tima Fainganuuku was just average in the Mitre 10 Cup.
Mitch Jacobson is too light for SR.
Sam Caird has to put on weight (as did Selby-Rickitt last year).
RE: Super Rugby 2020
The new squads are seemingly weaker than those of the past years, mainly because of the exodus affecting much younger players and a number of long serving stars.
However, I am convinced that 4 or 5 NZ teams - at least - will make the top 8 as the SA teams are even more weakened than their NZ counterparts.
Super Rugby is becoming a competition for the development of young players and I expect its level of play to decline significantly as soon as next year.