All Black Team To Face Italy

Discussion in 'Rugby World Cup 2007' started by nz0003, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. nz0003

    nz0003 Guest

    Team To Face Italy On Saturday:

    Mils Muliaina
    Doug Howlett
    Conrad Smith
    Luke McAlister
    Sitiveni Sivivatu
    Dan Carter
    Byron Kelleher
    Rodney So’oialo
    Richie McCaw (captain)
    Jerry Collins
    Ali Williams
    Chris Jack
    Carl Hayman
    Keven Mealamu
    Tony Woodcock

    Reserves:

    Anton Oliver
    Neemia Tialata
    Reuben Thorne
    Sione Lauaki
    Brendon Leonard
    Aaron Mauger
    Leon MacDonald

    No Joe Rokocoko and Toeava but good to see Conrad Smith get a go.
     
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  3. shtove

    shtove Guest

    Holy **** - I wonder if Italy will field a full team against that crowd of lunatics.
     
  4. shiznit

    shiznit Guest

    thats pretty much a full strength side...
     
  5. TRUE LEGND

    TRUE LEGND Guest

    pretty much near the top side, that foward pack is stacked from loosie to tight 5 ...I like the look of there Xbox training shirts as well
     
  6. esoj

    esoj Guest

    bar 2 positions that is proabbly the top ab lineup. In saying that though the abs will be rusty having not played a decent game for a good few months. they should still able to carve up though and expect massive changes at halftime of just after.
     
  7. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    Personally, I believe that IS The AB's best XV.

    I haven't been impressed with the Rocket man over the past couple of years and I truly believe that Howlett has been NZ's in form winger this year.
     
  8. InsaneAsylum

    InsaneAsylum Guest

    no replacement winger?
     
  9. malena

    malena Guest

    Mils can cover wing.

    That's a hectic side, should be an interesting first half for Italy!
     
  10. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    At least McAlisters starting, don't really see the point of Mauger on the bench when Evans offers much more.

    Hopefully Smith's bucked up his game from the last time we saw him, he looked out of gas after just 8 minutes in the Tri Nations and he was getting shown up by scrubs during the NPC.
     
  11. candybum

    candybum Guest

    great to see that midfield combo, huge fan of them!
     
  12. RC

    RC Guest

    Didn''t catch much Super 14 this season, but did Joe not score enough tries to warrant a place?
    I thought Howlett was passed it for an All Blacks side, but there are some people here saying they believe this is a full strength NZ side.
     
  13. TRUE LEGND

    TRUE LEGND Guest



    Your exactly right on RC Joe's been the form winger for us this year and Fushitsusha you must have missed out on alot of the ab games this year and last
     
  14. darwin_23

    darwin_23 Guest

    I though Howlett was passed it for the All Blacks side last year, but this year he has been outstanding - He played a couple of Air New Zealand Cup games for Auckland recently and just looked a class above everyone else on the field. I believe that this is the strongest team available (in the eyes of the selectors), but I don't think there is anything between Howlett and Rococoko for that right wing spot (Sivivatu has the left wing spot secured as henry rates him VERY highly).

    Also Conrad Smith apparently pulled up lame at training today - hopefully he will still be available to play against the Italians...
     
  15. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest



    Your exactly right on RC Joe's been the form winger for us this year and Fushitsusha you must have missed out on alot of the ab games this year and last
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    You and I must be watching different games.

    I believe your beloved RC Joe has been underperforming the past two years.

    I thought Howlett was passed it but he's had a great year in both the Super 14 and for the All Blacks and I believe he's looked more dangerous.
     
  16. gsv

    gsv Guest

    Yes, the strongest weapon in Italy's hands is the pack. I hope we'll be able to create some problems to the All Blacks too. But in the backline, aside Bergamasco will be Andrea Masi. I just say, have a look at him. He is a great tackler (just as Bergamasco), possesses good ball skills and grat pace. He is way far Luke, but he's a very determined player. Hope he will be able to show his strenghts.
    At first-five, will play Roland de Marigny. Well, he is a poor goal kicker, but he is quite good in defence, and has a good punt.
    No doubt NZ will win, I only hope they will have to fight for it.

    PS: Finally Smith ready to play, I'm looking forward to seeing him play. He scored a try against us with his very first touch on debut, in Rome on 2004. Great player.
     
  17. nz0003

    nz0003 Guest

    Conrad Smith And Reuben Thorne are out, The New Team Is:

    Leon MacDonald
    Doug Howlett
    Mils Muliaina
    Luke McAlister
    Sitiveni Sivivatu
    Dan Carter
    Byron Kelleher
    Rodney So’oialo
    Richie McCaw (captain)
    Jerry Collins
    Ali Williams
    Chris Jack
    Carl Hayman
    Keven Mealamu
    Tony Woodcock

    Reserves:

    Anton Oliver
    Neemia Tialata
    Chris Masoe
    Sione Lauaki
    Brendon Leonard
    Aaron Mauger
    Isaia Toeava
     
  18. esoj

    esoj Guest

    wow now we really only do have 2 locks left. lauaki is apparently the lock cover now. also disappointed to see macdonald getting the start would have prefered toeava to come in at centre and would prefer evans to be on the bench.
     
  19. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Woot...

    Now someone just has to push Mauger off a balcony and to club Ruben Thorne to make the injury tournament ending and were all set.
     
  20. bjok

    bjok Guest

    You little ripper!!!!!!! Finally we see the top centre/fullback pairing. Keep clumsy Toeava on 'ice' for WC glory.
     
  21. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    lol, Top Centre/Fullback pairing?

    Your getting even more delusional as time goes on. Last Time I checked the top centre/fullback would've been played at least once all year... and according to my calculations this will be the first time Mils gets a run at 13, and it took injuries for it to happen.

    Fission Mailed
     
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