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@ekseks20 - is that the same Kitshoff that didn't exactly make a positive impact against Ireland U'20's???
Posted 21:17 05th June 2012
How about fronting up against a possible Super Rugby XV consisting of
15 Kurtley Beale
11 Digby Ioane
13 Conrad smith
12 Maa Nonu
10 Dan carter
9 Will genia
8 Kieren Read
5 Andries Bekker
4 James Horill
3 Owen franks
2 Bismark du Plessis
1 Steven Kitshoff
Posted 00:51 05th June 2012
I also reckon Isa Nacewa the rock-solid Aucklander would be a better prospect on the wing given that in big games these days you need wings ala Cory Jane who can also play as well at fullback for taking high balls and better positional play.
Posted 11:26 27th May 2012
Matanavou???? Probably the worst player in the competition!!! What on earth was he selected for?
@waitaminute - you can't cheat your way to a 6N win - they were the best team in all fairness. Surely you can't think someone else deserved to win?
@rico - there is a problem with the strenght in depth and finance. In all fairness to the Ospreys, they have now got rid of their idiot coaches. The Welsh team is spread too thinly though - the Dragons must go - at least in their current capacity.
@leinster_goy - they play well as a team - lots of good players - extremely lucky to win their semi though, as I'm sure you agree!
Posted 20:14 25th May 2012
@PR: Muller's most 'selfless contribution' was to persuade the Ulster brass that Brian McLaughlin wasn't the man to bring the club forward. Will they be toasting him when AB unknown kiwi with no track record fails to build on McLauglin's tenure?
Posted 07:59 25th May 2012
Far too many Ulster players. They didnt turn up for the final. Ulster's south Africans, for all the hype about them, had little influence on the final. Ditto ferris. BOD should be in for his influence in the latter stages when it really counts. Also Cullen or Thorn in for Muller and it's not a bad side.
Posted 07:20 24th May 2012
@petey11 I have watched him every week in the Rabo and through the pool stages and do not see how anyone could call him defensively reliable or anything more than a good runner with ball in hand. I think he has the potential to be excellent but currently doesn't do enough for me.
Posted 12:49 23rd May 2012
For once I really like the look of this list. Really impressive team.. You'd think that team under a decent coach would cause any world XV a lot of trouble. Defense on the wings would be questionable though... I'd have Isa Nacewa in at 11 to balance, his defensive work is one of his underrated talents. THAT tackle on Darren Cave says so much about him, and my living memory of Racing Metro's first game in the Hcup against Leinster will be Isa destroying the beast that is Chabal in the tackle. Also, imagine the two Fijians linking up in attack? Mouth watering prospect!
Posted 10:45 23rd May 2012
@ darthbok - Stu Hooper was Bath's captain for this season. When injured, others stepped in, but Hoops was the incumbent. I agree that Claassens was before, but it was Hoops this season.
Posted 10:40 23rd May 2012
Nah rico, I'd say its something to do with Wales not being able to cheat their way to victory as they have done in the nations....
Ball boys, fwd passes ect ect... de-val-ued.
Posted 10:05 23rd May 2012
I'm sorry but I fail to see why everyone is raving about Gilroy?! I agree that Matanavou is lucky to be in there but why Gilroy? He scored 1 good try v Munster and is quick."
Maybe if you'd actually watched how Gilroy has played from the pool stages right through then you'd be in a more educated position to comment. He's done a hell of a lot more than you've said and is one of the most exciting young wingers we've seen on these shores for years.
Posted 09:57 23rd May 2012
not one welsh player or even one welsh based regional rugby player anywhere near the teams really - byrne and beck easily beaten ay 15 and 12 by better players. just highlights regions continued dismal mperformances at the highest level in Europe. maybe Wales' international success is dripping their enthusiasm for this comp. as they all seem so massively focused and commited to Wales rather than their clubs as they miss so much of the season with them anyway.
Posted 08:59 23rd May 2012
Calm down. PR is merely noting that the good folk of Belfast love Muller, even though he isn't Irish. There's nothing anti-South African in this observation.
Posted 08:14 23rd May 2012
I'm going to have to say this looks about right...O'gara should have got a mention for his influence in the group stages but other than that it's all good...
Posted 16:59 22nd May 2012
How can you leave out Isa Nacewa? Serious overlook!
Posted 16:23 22nd May 2012
Ah Jonesy I knew it wouldnt last!
Posted 16:21 22nd May 2012
johan muller ` he might be from south africa but---` what a crap comment ed -- who is the captain of toulon pray ? -- who was the captain of bath? -- there are lots of SA`s captaining sides in europe - `and they all might be from south africa but ---` they are still bloody fine captains -- give me a selection of NZ or auzzie captains in europe??
Posted 16:02 22nd May 2012
@Rockman - Kidney Clock is class! - Pity there's so long left - In fact, pity the worldcup draw will be within the time Kidney is still Ireland coach... Expecting a hammering in New Zealand unless the players decide to ignore all he says and play their own game - although against a team like the All Blacks you need proper coaching to go with the players...
Could you send the clock on to the IRFU along with all the thousands of comments from Irish (and other) rugby supporters calling for a new Irish coach!
Posted 15:18 22nd May 2012
@lawynd Well maybe if the "a.n other" brothers were playing they might have H-Cups to show for themselves to justify there selection !!!!
Forwards: well at hooker - Ross Ford did more than R.Best for me but again a weak year when no hookers stood out.
6.7.8 In the back row its a tussle between Harinordoguay who had a few good group performances and Ferris who was a consistant performer also Dusuatoir would be in contention but Toulouse's poor showing mean he couldnt be picked imo
Back Line: Lee Byrne was fantastic but Kearney obviously ties up the 15 spot. Also Farrell had a good campaign for sarries but at 12 would be out of position. Few bar pienaar came close to Parra at 9 too. 12 was a position when few showed themselves to "own" the jersey Fofana was great for france but that was the 6 nations and he did little in the group stage, bar two tries against leicester, although he had a fantastic top 14 which was the basis for him getting capped in the 6 nations
Posted 15:10 22nd May 2012
I'm sorry but I fail to see why everyone is raving about Gilroy?! I agree that Matanavou is lucky to be in there but why Gilroy? He scored 1 good try v Munster and is quick. Never makes a hit or catches a high ball and doesn't appear to like contact-lapped tackle on O'Brien when he broke through. This is someone speaking from Ireland too. I'd have Nacewa long before him.
Posted 15:10 22nd May 2012
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