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Re: First All Blacks squad of 2019 is...

Postby cashead » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:53 am

Ioane will travel and train with the squad anyway, like Savea and Jordie did before they were first capped.

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Re: First All Blacks squad of 2019 is...

Postby Lizard » Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:20 am

cashead wrote:Ioane will travel and train with the squad anyway, like Savea and Jordie did before they were first capped.

I didn’t realise that, but still it means going into the RWC with a 3rd choice 10 with at most 1 cap (if he gets a run v Tonga). I’m not sure I like that idea.

Have a look at the stats thread in a minute.
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Re: First All Blacks squad of 2019 is...

Postby cashead » Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:35 am

Lizard wrote:
cashead wrote:Ioane will travel and train with the squad anyway, like Savea and Jordie did before they were first capped.

I didn’t realise that, but still it means going into the RWC with a 3rd choice 10 with at most 1 cap (if he gets a run v Tonga). I’m not sure I like that idea.

Have a look at the stats thread in a minute.

There's talk of Cruden making a shock return but it's a case of "believe it when we see it." It's already something that has been discussed, but at the end of the day, getting a new 10 out to Japan isn't that difficult, considering how there are direct Air NZ flights from Auckland and Christchurch to Narita or Haneda.

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Re: First All Blacks squad of 2019 is...

Postby Lizard » Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:36 am

Jeebus. Beaver II starring Aaron Cruden.

It’s not getting a player there that’s the problem. It’s having a player with proper experience to send.

No All Blacks were on debut at RWC2007, RWC2011 or RWC2015. I’m not sure this is a trend we want to reverse. (Again, see stats Fred for more)
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