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Think that Delany would make a good fly half. Crazy idea, but wouldn't mind seeing How Izzy Dagg would go as a fly half, his defence isn't that great yet, but he reminds me of a young Dan Carter, when he could cut opposing teams defences up, Izzy can kick and also has a strong boot....would be interesting if this works. On a good day Stephen Donald is an amazing fly half, it's just his inconsistency, I think that if he plays well during the Super 15 he should come into consideration.
Posted 10:07 30th November 2010
Good old Trinats - at it again. I only scan all this for the fun of reading your comments. But talking of luck, anyone who saw the way this team came from behind to defeat SA in SA by 7 in the last few minutes will be wary of hoping they'll choke.
Posted 09:44 30th November 2010
@tagi26...imagine the islanders without the Nzers in their team, they would struggle to beat Romania. It's a travesty that more than half the touring Samoan team were born in NZ i.e. kiwis who's first visit to Samoa would have been to play for the rugby team. It's time NZ stopped feeding the Islands...and England....and Japan....and....
Posted 09:21 30th November 2010
NZ rugby's biggest regret next year will be not giving that young 1st five (Anscombe) from Auckland a Super 15 contract. Based on his form at the end of the ITM he would have played his way into the natural successor to DC slot for the World Cup. He'll be the AB 1st choice once Carter moves on.
Posted 09:03 30th November 2010
Does that mean all the islanders have to leave NZ? wake up it's a multi cultural country. How about the Oz team?? there's plenty of islanders in their team now as well. How about the English team with the ex kiwis, Sth Africans & other various nationality's. The same can be said for all the home nations.
Posted 08:29 30th November 2010
@danut only problem is Donald has been around for 2 and a bit years and has never looked comfortable at international level. 22 tests and has not had a good game in any of them. Nothing memorable apart from the mistakes he made. Too many chances and unfair to be selected ahead of Slade, Cruden and even Mike Delany who were in good form
Posted 07:28 30th November 2010
Good points by Trinats. The ABs were extremely lucky in a number of games this year and I think the results overstate how good this team really is. Their best performances were against a 14 man South Africa in NZ and a 13 man Australia in Sydney, and since then their performances have waned. In all subsequent games against SA, Aus, and England they were sloppy in their execution but still just managed to put themselves in a position to win. The exception is HK, the ABs played brilliantly and were going to win by 20 points until the substitutions turned it into a training run. Strange season.
Posted 07:19 30th November 2010
Gear, Sivivatu, Jane, Dagg & Mils is plenty of cover for the wings & fullback so no way Toeava gets in ahead of a fit Kahui.
Learn the lessons of previous world cups where we've had massive problems at centre. Must take 2 specialists & Kahui is streets ahead of Toeava. Sonny is clearly a 12 not 13 & Nonu hasn't played 13 at international level in a long time so those 2 at 12 only.
Colin Slade in his brief appearance showed he's capable of doing the job if the worst happens. Solid & reliable. From what little I've seen of Cruden he appears to be a flashy git that's not prepared to do the basics first. Like a worse version of Spencer. Possibly good from what people are saying if the forward pack dominates but a liability like Spencer on the back foot.
Adam Thompson for sure. Messam - Vito could go either way.
Posted 06:31 30th November 2010
@jduplessis.......is that you Jannie??
Stick to trying to scrummage straight dud and get a hair cut man!!
Oh, and learn to speak/type English dud.
Posted 04:31 30th November 2010
No, danuts, Lebo, Stephen Donald is simply NOT the man. When he was tried again, he simply could not kick a penalty into an attacking corner lineout. Dead ball - dropout. Waste.
The ABs have a very big problem. Daniel Carter was limping in the Welsh match [those missed kicks - & grimacing noticeably when he did succeed]. Virtually hobbling after the game. A long rest - well earned [for them all in fact].
Henry should persevere with Aaron Cruden. He is young, has come through the ranks of junior ABs & has the nerve which Donald simply has not.
Posted 02:21 30th November 2010
Bollocks There are two or even three no 10s capable of stepping up to international rugby in NZ..... Sadly G Henry and co have persisted with the Duck and he has proved yet again he can not step up to this level..
Surely we can all cast our minds back to the early part of the 3N in 2009 and the form showed by the Duck...
Posted 01:38 30th November 2010
this year showed two things 1. NZ is the best team in the world 2. They can be beaten on any given day. Insanity if anyone truely believes NZ has to 'drop the ball' to lose rwc2011.
They are RWC favourites but its still a lottery and even based on 2010 results Aus is statistically a 1/4 chance of beating NZ
Dizal I like your squad but i really think we need piri and mealamu as impact players. you can't just put your best 15 on at the start anymore imo
Posted 00:09 30th November 2010
When NZ does win a World CUp they will win the next 3 - The problem is they have to win it firts - I hope its next year
Posted 20:29 29th November 2010
We do have replacements for Carter, Slade being the primary candidate (What a surprise he is from Cantabury) however probably the only faux par of the year of G.H was that he didnt bring him on tour. However will the all blacks game plan suit the world cup? Perhaps more so because we are playing at home.
Posted 19:57 29th November 2010
So many positives to focus on regarding this team, winning the world cup now is about fine tuning the selections. The only real issue is deciding who can backup Carter and giving him enough game time before the World Cup so that there is an adequate replacement. Rokocoko's career is finished so that resolves one big problem, in the loss in HK he was the one that missed the tackles for Australia's last two tries, and he was abysmal against England a week later. The one thing that the coaches must not do is starting players in the wrong position during the World Cup. The 2nd half of the Trinations showed how close these teams are, one weak link can mean the difference between winning and losing.
Posted 19:37 29th November 2010
please please please dont choke next year! hahaha!
id say the battle for backup 1st 5 would have to be between Slade and Cruden. I dont think Cruden got a fair chance to prove himself, his one game he was behind a scrum going backwards. Slade is solid, a good option i reckon.
Steve Donald as much as i think hes a nice guy should be bringing out the water and oranges.
Posted 19:29 29th November 2010
Ross: Very astute article and use of my favorite "if my aunty had........." you know the rest.
Keep up the excellent work.
Posted 19:14 29th November 2010
There really isn't much to say, the All Blacks are Rugby God's. They have set the mark for all other teams to follow. I agree that fly-half is going to be a problem. Donald was great in the ITM but fails to make the goods at international level. If Carter does go down (and I'm sure other teams are looking to make that happen) the AB's will be a bit open as far as the 10 shirt is concerned. Of course, Donald is still really good, so it may not be a huge worry. There is still a lot of potential with other players moving into the squad to fill spots for the future as well, (Ranger being one and who knows with Rokocoko. And Umaga is back in Super Rugby! Never can tell with that man!) With all of the other positions having more than enough back-up, I would say that this is the greatest New Zealand side to take the field since 1995, however we must all remember how that turned out. Henry's men have to remain strong and not lose their momentum when next year rolls around.
Posted 19:05 29th November 2010
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