Vito called into All Blacks group

Discussion in 'Tri Nations 2009-2011' started by Larksea, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. Sneaki

    Sneaki Academy Player

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2007
    Messages:
    172
    Location:
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Country Flag:

    New Zealand

    Club or Nation:

    Hurricanes

    Interesting squad, I'm guessing Weepu will be on the bench as cover for 9/10, so that they can fit two outside backs on there as well. I'd pick Toeava at fullback, then Gear and Dagg on the wings, with Jane and Guildford (or perhaps Nonu) on the bench. It could go the other way around, but given that Dagg hasn't played yet for the AB's and Gear wasn't hugely impressive last week those two guys probably need a good 50-60 mins to try to force their way into the WC squad.
     
  2. Forum Ad Advertisement

  3. TRF Mr Fish

    TRF Mr Fish Your Piscine Overlord

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    4,172
    Country Flag:

    New Zealand

    I'd imagine Dagg will get the fullback berth, with Toeava and Gear on the wings.

    I don't think Guildford and Ellis will be in the 22.

    I'm predicting:
    Woodcock, Mealamu, Franks, Williams, Whitelock, Kaino, Thomson, Messam, Cowan, Slade, Gear, Williams, Kahui, Toeava, Dagg.

    With a bench of Hore, Crockett, Hoeata/Donnely, Vito, Weepu, Nonu, Jane.
     
  4. Larksea

    Larksea First XV

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2010
    Messages:
    3,095
    Country Flag:

    New Zealand

    still some big implications for selection.

    If Dagg and Toeava come back well that may mean that only two wingers make the final squad, which means the race to secure wing positions becomes even hotter than it already is. If Dagg and Toeava make the squad then of.

    Jane
    Sivivatu
    Guildford
    Gear

    only two will make the final 30

    what ever way you look at it, going to be a tough call. If anything I think Gear is bottom of the pecking order as the only one not to impress so far this year

    Toeava has looked ok for Auckland but not spectacular but could improve alot over the next couple of weeks.
     
  5. Steveskiez7

    Steveskiez7 Academy Player

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Messages:
    64
    Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
    Country Flag:

    Australia

    Club or Nation:

    Munster

    Odd that they're only taking one specialist fly half.
     
  6. Darwin

    Darwin AKA Dingo_Darwin

    Joined:
    May 30, 2007
    Messages:
    6,156
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Country Flag:

    New Zealand

    Club or Nation:

    Highlanders

    Crockett won't be in the 22 unless he starts, as he is only able to cover loose-head prop. The only reason I think he is going is in case Woodcock doesn't recover sufficiently from his hamstring/foot injuries.

    Weepu is more than capable of covering 10. He will be the third choice 10 in the RWC squad, so it will probably benefit him to get some gametime there. There is also really no reason to bring in another 10 for one-off match, given they won't be part of the RWC squad.
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2011
  7. TRF Mr Fish

    TRF Mr Fish Your Piscine Overlord

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    4,172
    Country Flag:

    New Zealand

    Whoops missed Afoa... Yeah he'll get that 17 jersey I guess.
     
  8. WhoDaresWin

    WhoDaresWin Academy Player

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2011
    Messages:
    32
    Country Flag:

    Fiji

    Club or Nation:

    Fiji

    What else did she say??? :p

    a back three of 11. Gear, 14. Jane, 15. Dagg is more likely with Toeava on the bench with Weepu as the only two backs.
     
  9. Darwin

    Darwin AKA Dingo_Darwin

    Joined:
    May 30, 2007
    Messages:
    6,156
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Country Flag:

    New Zealand

    Club or Nation:

    Highlanders

    There will definately be 3 backs on the bench. I'd go with Weepu, Nonu, and one of Guildford/Jane/Dagg, but there is the possibility that they may take two halfbacks on the bench (likely Ellis and Weepu) with Weepu getting a good 20-30 mins gametime replacing Slade at 10.
     
  10. Muzzy

    Muzzy Bench Player

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2009
    Messages:
    797
    Location:
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Country Flag:

    New Zealand

    Club or Nation:

    Fiji

    i'm shocked, i thought he's been real average all year
     
Enjoyed this thread? Register to post your reply - click here!

Share This Page