Posts made by Dice
RE: Auckland 2018
TJ and Dalton pick up awards.
All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor and Black Ferns halfback Kendra Cocksedge have been selected by their peers as the New Zealand Rugby Players' Association men's and women's best performers of the year.
In awards likely to be treasured, as the recognition comes from those around them, Taylor piped Rieko Ioane, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock and Ben Smith for NZRPA men's player of the year after a standout season.
Cocksedge, the inaugural female winner of the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial player of the year trophy at the New Zealand Rugby awards last week, was duly recognised again by edging Eloise Blackwell, Fiao'o Fa'amausili, Stacey Waaka and Selica Winiata for the top NZRPA women's prize.
Vilimoni Koroi took out the best New Zealand men's sevens player; Michaela Blyde the women's sevens player of the year award.
Crusaders and All Blacks playmaker Richie Mo'unga claimed Super Rugby player of the year, while title-winning Auckland captain TJ Faiane was voted best provincial player.
The final award went to emerging Auckland tyro Dalton Papalii who was selected ahead of Brett Cameron, Tom Christie, Harry Plummer and Billy Proctor as the top young player of the year.
RE: Let's talk about six, baby
I think moving Cane to 6 would make more sense, he plays more as a 6 anyway.
I think they want a good ball carrier at 6 and Cane doesn't quite offer that. With Read's running ability not the same as previous seasons, it's probably more important that the 6 can carry well.
RE: Invitational, provincial, local & school sevens tournaments
@tim Yup. Looks like he's done with Southland.
RE: NH club rugby
I watched Clermont play on the weekend and Ice and Moala had very good games.
Ice was probably the best on the field. Clermont pretty much use him the same way the Blues use to. He has the 15 jersey on, but he's basically position-less on attack and pops up everywhere across the backline.
Fritz Lee was good as well. He always gets through a lot of work when I watch Clermont play.
TNW was playing his first game at 10, but struggled quite a bit there. He did set up a good try for Moala though.
Ngatai was playing for Lyon, but didn't get much chance to do much.