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I hope he sticks with the Highlanders. I think he is a good fit there.
Posted 20:19 06th September 2012
Yeah he's 30 so may as well look for some decent cash and let Messam, Vito and the younger boys, Luatua, Shields etc have a crack. Awesome player though.
Posted 12:11 31st August 2012
this is the stupidest thing he can do! he was the second best blindside in the world not a year ago. he is essentially giving up on what he should become. how does he think messam got the number 6 jersey? worked his arse off. dissppointed in thommo to say the least
Posted 06:36 31st August 2012
This guy is a ball carrying cardiovascular freak! I'd put him at 8 so he could get his hands on the ball more often.
Posted 01:27 31st August 2012
he also carried the curse of being seen as a 'utility loose forward', played 6,7,8 and never fixed in any of those positions.
Posted 00:31 31st August 2012
Never quite reached the heights media and fans alike set for him.
Great player, penalty magnet.
Posted 22:57 30th August 2012
Agree with The Carp ! Good player but tended to get penalized a lot for the AB's.
Posted 18:23 30th August 2012
Good Luck, a good player and a nice bloke.
He must be one of the most frustrated players in NZ's history.
When he played openside flanker, he did exactly what McCaw always does, but he got caught every time, like in Durban last year.
He is still able to make a difference in the NH methinks.
Posted 14:02 30th August 2012
I'd love it if he could come to the Ospreys. Not very likely though...
Posted 12:47 30th August 2012
Bit unlucky really as finally Messam has had a run with the full top team and shown how good he is. Thompson has slipped down the pecking order so he may as well set the fishing lines out to see what he can catch.
Posted 12:34 30th August 2012
Kiwikev - 27 tests and started 16 of them. A lot have done worse. but at 30 why not head offshore, as he said not getting younger, after a lifetime of rugby nz schoolboy, u- 19, u-21, a good Super career.
A couple of years overseas - why not?
Posted 12:27 30th August 2012
Good Super Rugby player, who will contribute positively to any team in Europe or Japan.
Posted 12:25 30th August 2012
Agreed kiwikev, though I'd rate him as the best 'loose' blindside in his era. I think he has been utterly brilliant. But, loose seldom cuts it at test match level - the Kaino role is much more sought after and for good reason I guess.
But stunning player, years of amazing service to the Highlanders, deserves a killer contract.
Good luck to him
Posted 12:23 30th August 2012
Good move because he is not going to making the run on side....
Posted 11:04 30th August 2012
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