All Black's 22 for first Tri-nations test

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by darwin_23, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. darwin_23

    darwin_23 Guest

    The first tri-nations test for the year is in just under two weeks between New Zealand and South Africa in Wellington. The AB's have a number of injuries with McCaw, Leonard and Rococoko definitely unavailable, and Afoa and Williams are doubtful...

    Who do people think will be in the team? I reckon the team will be something along the lines of:

    Woodcock
    Hore
    Afoa
    Thorn
    Williams
    Thomson
    So'ioalo
    Kaino
    Ellis
    Carter
    Nonu
    Kahui
    Sivivatu
    Tuitavake
    Muliana

    Reserves:
    Tialata
    Mealamu
    Boric
    Lauaki
    Cowan
    Donald
    MacDonald

    If Afoa is still injured Sommerville goes straight into the starting lineup. If Williams is still injured Boric starts and Tom Donnelly comes onto the bench. Would prefer to see Masoe on the bench (if he comes in to cover for McCaw) but I think they will stick with Lauaki. Conrad Smith and MacDonald would be the unlucky players, as I don't see a lot of difference between MacDonald and Muliana, and Kahui and Smith at this stage...
     
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  3. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Woodcock
    Hore
    Afoa
    Williams / Boric
    Thorn
    Thomson
    So'ioalo
    Kaino

    Cowan
    Carter
    Sivivatu
    Nonners
    Kauhi
    Tuitavakie
    Mils

    Tialata
    Mealamu
    Lauaki (McCaws injury and his solid performance off the bench saved his bacon... for now)
    Boric / Eaton
    Ellis
    Panadol
    Donald (Rather just take a punt on Kirpatrick, Renata or Ripia)

    People will harp on about Smith's experience, but his experience against Tri Nations teams consists of 8 minutes off the bench against the D-Grade Springbok team last year with the game already won.

    Obviously the locking combo depends on Ali's injury, I heard two weeks so he should hopefully be fit.
     
  4. InsaneAsylum

    InsaneAsylum Guest

    oh come on fair go, he's got a 100% kicking record for the all blacks :p
     
  5. ChiefsFan

    ChiefsFan Guest

    Woodcock
    Hore
    Afoa / Sommerville
    Williams / Boric
    Thorn
    Thomson
    So'ioalo
    Kaino

    Ellis
    Carter
    Wulf
    Nonu
    Kahui
    Sivivatu
    Macdonald

    Sommerville / Tialata
    Mealamu
    Boric / Eaton
    Lauaki
    Cowan
    Donald
    Muliaina

    I don't think they'll chance the squad much at all. I think after this game they'll revert back to having Smith, Tuitavake and Muliaina in the backs. I think they won't to see how Kahui and Nonu go against a better team before testing Smith and Nonu. I think after the second test against the Boks the selectors will decide on either Kahui/Smith for a bit. To think, they could almost have no personell changes this week!

    BTW, shouldn't this be in the Nat. Rugby section?
     
  6. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    Gotta say Woodcock and Afoa look very destructive together. I'd definitely field them if Mujati and/or Beast plays *sigh*.
     
  7. MDickie

    MDickie Guest

    Woodcock
    Hore
    Somerville
    Boric
    Thorn
    Thompson
    So'oialo
    Kaino/Lauaki

    Ellis
    Carter

    Sivivatu
    Nonu
    Kahui
    Tuitavake
    McDonald

    Mealamu
    Tialata
    Eaton??
    Lauaki/Kaino
    Cowan
    Donald
    Muliana

    Would really like to see Smith in the run on line up but the performance from Kahui last week will likely see a change be made despite the fact Smith was one of the best in the previous two matches. I believe it will change after this week depending on the performance of Kahui.
     
  8. Gavin

    Gavin Guest

    Why the sigh Steve-o?
     
  9. I just wonder if any of the NH supporters even care about the 3N's and what a great spectacle it is or the fantastic standard of rugby it produces. I mean we all know the great atmosphere and pulling power of the 6Ns, but this 3n's is shaping up to be the most competitive of recent years and could produce some of the worlds best rugby in the last wee while.

    I hope it gets the interest it deserves!
     
  10. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    Why the sigh Steve-o?
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    Because I want us to beat the AB in NZ, and I don't believe they are the right props to do that.
     
  11. KZNSharksFan

    KZNSharksFan Guest

    Why the sigh Steve-o?
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    Because I want us to beat the AB in NZ, and I don't believe they are the right props to do that.
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    http://www.supersport.co.za/rugby/article....e&id=259003

    Well, PDV appears to be going for the "keep the opposition guessing" approach. PDV believes if he doesnt know what the **** is going on with his selections, the All Blacks don't stand a chance in hell of knowing whats going on
     
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