Your 31 man Squad and Starting 15 for Your country in the Rugby World Cup 2019 guys part 2 :)

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  1. bushytop

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    I've read today that he has started some contact work so, that's a promising sign.
     
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    All blacks squad narrowed to to 36 from 41.
    Karl dropped due to immobility, aumua, frizell, papalii, j Ione dropped too.

    So the final 31 is likely to come from the remaining 36, plus maybe squire, potentially the injured Tim perry too.

    Given retallick fitness will still likely be in question by the time they name the 31, but how important he is when fit, they won’t want to go too light on the lock options. This is probably why there are still 36 in the squad.

    Therefore, I think the 5 to miss out will be ennor, bridge, laulala, Laumape, Fifita.

    If retallick is looking proper fit they will choose Fifita at the expense of hemopo.

    If they pick squire he will be a straight replacement for Jacobson.

    If I had to pick from the 36 I’d leave out j barret, Reece, laulala, sbw, tuipolotu. And I wouldn’t pick squire no matter how fit he is. I realise people think j barret will be needed as a third ten option but given he can’t pass the ball id prefer tj or even George bridge.

    That would make their all black squad as below with my differences in brackets, names after “/“ representing the options for contingencies mentioned above

    Moody Moli
    Coles Taylor Coltman
    Franks taavao tuungafasi
    Retallick tuipolotu (Fifita)
    Whitelock Barrett hemopo/ Fifita (hemopo)
    Squire/ Jacobson (Jacobson)
    Cane savea todd
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    A.smith perenara weber
    Mounga b.barret
    Ione j.barret (ennor)
    Crotty sbw (Laumape)
    Goodhue leinert-brown
    Reece (bridge)
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    Just read Faletau is out of the World Cup... I feel sick. Devastated for him and Wales.
     
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    Crap news. Probably my favourite Welsh player when fit and firing. When was the last time he was able to string a few games together? He's getting to Tuilagi levels of injury proneness.
     
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    Dunno, I do know his last game for Wales was 2018 6N.

    It’s the one position Wales can’t really afford to lose anybody, which just impacts the nuts with a bit more of a solid contact.
     
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    Damn, I feel your pain Wales.
     
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    Yeah, a very similar situation to Ireland and Leavy (though different positions). This two out is a huge impact on both squads.
     
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    I guess that guarantees Moriarty to start at 8 now. Who's after him? Navidi?
     
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    Yup... though neither are really 8s in all honesty. We just don’t seem to produce 8s at the moment... even Faletau would be a 6 if we had a big burly 8 like Binny.
     
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    Big loss for Wales. But they have won all their games on their unbeaten run without him haven’t they or the vast majority?
     
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    Yeah we have to be fair but the big complaint (particularly from outside of Wales) is our lack of tries. I’m confident if you added a Faletau to that team, a lot of things would suddenly click into place.
     
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    Agreed. Top class player with a real rugby brain who’d improve pretty much any team.

    There will be more stories of dashed dreams in the weeks to come.
     
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    As i said before even though he plays against England i hate to see i world class player like him sitting out. Regardless of competition.

    Fighting with billy and manu for most injury prone title.

    He adds so much to wales and bath. Powerful but mobile. He scored a hat trick vs Gloucester a while ago which was just him being always in the right place to support and powerful enough to finish.
     
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    Bad news for Faletau. The ‘Missing Men XV’ sadly keeps getting stronger.

    Can we please stop jinxing Manu and Billy?
     
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    A bit late to the party but i can't not put in my picks for a Bok XV (XXXI?);

    I'm not clued up on fitness but these are my picks (and thank goodness I am not the Bok coach);

    Forwards (17):
    Prop (5):
    Tendai Mtawarira (1), Lizo Gqoboka (17)
    Frans Malherbe (3), Trevor Nyakane (18), Wilco Louw

    Hooker (3):
    Malcolm Marx (2), Bongi Mbonambi (16), Schalk Brits

    Lock (4):
    Eben Etzebeth (4), Franco Mostert (5), RG Snyman (19), Lood de Jager

    Loose Forward (5):
    Duane Vermeulen (8), Siya Kolisi (6), Pieter-Steph du Toit (7), Francois Louw (20), Marcel Coetzee.

    Backs (14):
    Scrumhalf (3):
    Herschel Jantjies (9), Faf de Klerk (21), Cobus Reinach

    Flyhalf (3):
    Handre Pollard (10), Elton Jantjies (22), Damian Willemse

    Center (4):
    Francois Steyn (12), Jan Serfontein (13), Jesse Kriel (23) Damian de Allende

    Wing(3):
    Aphiwe Dyantyi (11), Cheslin Kolbe (14), Dillyn Leyds

    Fullback (1):
    Willie le Roux (15)

    I am biased towards form here and though it may look as if I am light at fullback, all of Steyn, Kolbe, Kriel, Leyds and Willemse can cover 15.

    Extended pool:
    Steven Kitshoff, Akker van der Merwe, Coenie Oosthuizen, Jaco Kriel, Embrose Papier, Curwin Bosch, Lukhanyo Am, Warrick Gelant
     
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