That contract length suggests he's going to declare for Oz. I remember when he signed with Crusaders his management saying he was always going to come back to NZ though (from high school in Oz) but I guess things can change in 3 years.
I imagine a lot of that is frustration due to how long it has taken him to make some headway in the NZ system. He only really got starts last year at NPC, and I think he's 22 now.
@gt12 could've swore they had more players rested for that match, but my point still remains as there're many instances where Crusaders achieved similar results under Razor with significantly weakened match-day squads.
If a coach has effective structures in place wider squad members can be rotated into the starting line-up and slot into those systems fairly seamlessly (and how they are specifically utilized in context to a gameplan that maximizes the characteristics of the players at your disposal) therefore you shouldn't notice a significant drop in the team's performance. A pretty distinguishing feature of well coached sides. Eddie, Razor, Schmidt, Brown's sides come to mind. Foster does not come to mind, his Chiefs/All Blacks sides have been headless, disjointed & uncoordinated rabble, clearly less than the sum of their parts, with players hesitant & unsure of their roles...
At what stage are posters on here going to stop pinning the blame at various players, instead of acknowledging the main issue, Foster's inability to make the best use of the cattle at his disposal? Plenty of other coaches have succeeded when dealt much rougher hands. Foster isn't a proven maximizer of talent - he's a minimizer.
There is little evidence to support this statement.
In every other big win (and a few losses) over the last two seasons, one thing stands out: An over reliance on a spine of Taylor, Whitelock, Mo'unga (with a range of others such as Barrett, Havili etc). The only evidence to support your statement from the last two years would be the early wins over the Tahs, Blues, and Landers when Whitelock was out. However, even then he played Moody, Taylor, Mo'unga, Goodhue, and Havili, plus others.
He has the best squad and has had the best squad for years, and he still relies on a few main players to get them through, who then perform poorly for the ABs because they are fucked by that time.
I'm confused, were they exhausted this year through overplaying or not match-hardened because of the COVID affected season?
Perhaps. Then again I didn't think this season should have tired them out. They had plenty of time to recover prior to and in the international season.
Many believed Lincoln McClutchie should have been a Super Rugby player long before now.
I'm not sure if this has been mentioned before? A couple of other franchises were chasing his signature
McClutchie held conversations with several teams for the 2022 campaign, including the Crusaders and Hurricanes. However, Moana Pasifika came to him early in the piece, and he jumped at the opportunity for a role the size of which he likely wouldn't have had with other franchises.
So, assuming City maintain their points per game average for the rest of the season (and there is no reason to assume they won't)
Then Liverpool have now reached the point where they have to win every single one of their last 17 games to win the title.
@crucial We used to reply on @stargazer to keep us abreast of things like this but I see he has not logged in since December 5. Hopefully he is just taking a sabbatical and will be coming back all nicely refreshed prior to the start of the Super season.
I think each franchise has to pay the salaries for the WTG but NZR may contribute to the wage bill in the preseason as the absence of the ABs is not of the SR team's doing. The Chiefs have 10 ABs missing. I'm not sure on the injuries of other squad members.
Some of the players are U20 so probably only there for experience, and will likely continue to train with the main squad.
I see Moulds is off to the US for MLR, with San Diego Legion.
I'm a little annoyed about Gregory, can't help but think a small part must be due to the way he has been fucked around up here, wing, fullback, centres, bench...but I believe there were other reasons too.
Certainly promising signs for Northland, be keen to see who they get in as assistant coach (well backs) but I still feel some of the issues start with Konia, so unless he has learnt and able to change from the last few seasons, having a squad of good players won't make.alot of difference.
I watched this on ESPN last week. A great watch about the development and history of the show. Reali's comments about LBJ and his draft class are hilarious.
That was a great doco. The love and mutual respect they have for each other is the star of the show. It was funny that one of them slurped the Darko kool aid. I guess the longer you spend as a pundit the more you will get stuff wrong