@taniwharugby said in Who is the AB's 4th choice at 10?:
@rotated said in Who is the AB's 4th choice at 10?:
but how the NZRU mismanaged/failed to retain the Anscombe, Taylor, Sopoaga, Bleyendaal, West 1989-1992 birth year cohort is why we are where we are.
I recall you blaming NZR for holding onto DC being the reason we had to use Donald in 2011 as well and failing to develop players behind him.
There is only so much development of new players that can be done in the test seasons we have these days, and then when you do get a game v a minnow, you want to play your #2, not insert #4 or #5 for the what if scenario we are currently looking at.
Not to mention the new Cartel have BB, RM, DM (had) and took Campbell (for whatever reason) last seaosn so I think they had been looking at developing players.
Even if they had retained the services of 2 of those names you mention beyond when they left, it is equally likely they would have since left anyway.
I've said a lot of dumb shit on the Fern but I certainly never said that. Definitely thought they made a mistake not discarding Donald sooner and taking/calling up Slade/Cruden on the 2010 EOYT after Siti went down in Hong Kong but obviously Carter's longevity threw things out of whack.
The development I'm talking about isn't specifically at AB level either. I think the NZ selectors/HP Unit/Contracting team put all their eggs in on the Beauden Barrett basket (from the same cohort) and good for them. I just think they could have developed another couple of long term All Blacks out of that bunch, that's all.
@Nepia said in Who is the AB's 4th choice at 10?:
@rotated Of those Taylor was clearly in the frame and chose to leave, Sops is all about the Benjamin’s, Blyeendraal was a bit over hyped and did nothing of note, Ihaia never found his groove, and Anscombe was an average 10 for the Blues and an ok 15 for Chiefs.
They all have their individual stories. The fact the NZRU was handed all that talent and got barely ~25 tests out of it mostly off the bench is where the development problem is. Using Anscombe as an example in one (tumultuous) season with the Blues he was average, then cut. This is not sensible development. If MacDonald cuts Faiane for next season I would say the same.