- Nov 12, 2015
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That makes it sound like I under-rate Annett by thinking he's better than you do (given that I think he can push a fringe international on merit, and therefore consider him to be fringe international in quality)Annett is underrated. IMO he’s a very solid Premiership hooker with a good all-round skill set.
I wouldn’t rule out a return to form for Dunn though. I wonder if his drop in form was linked to shabby treatment from Eddie Jones combined with a pretty terrible environment at Bath last season?
The pecking order/selection preferences might change under van Graan too. I’d have Reid, Underhill and Bayliss as the starting back row, but van Graan might prefer some South African beef.
Yeah, we just don't know with Dunn, but there's a tonne of potential reasons.
Agreed, we just don't know - though I'm not sure our Saffers in the backrow come with more beef necessarily. I get the impression that JvG just loves him some Cloete, but Reid, Underhill, Bayliss and Coetzee is a tough foursome to get ahead of. I wouldn't be too surprised if he does, but I think it would be down to familiarity rather than necessarily merit - initially at least.
Either way, we've brought in the new guy, I'm happy to let him have his pre-conceptions, and to do his stuff whilst he gets to know the squad.