@steven-harris not necessarily, Holland is the head coach so he takes the blame IMO. Blackwell and Prinsep were being selected before Gibbes arrived on the scene aswell so they are obviously Holland's favourites.
You've just highlighted my point of having bigger forwards around Blackwell if he's continually going to be selected. I'd love to see a loose forward trio of 6. Howden / Plumtree 7. Savea 8. Flanders for next year but I highly doubt that will happen. Hopefully with Dominic Bird at the Canes this year, we should have a bit more size in the locking department aswell.
In terms of props, I rate both Numia and Mafileo (who's been out with injury for a while now) slightly ahead of Rakete-Stones. They are all young and promising though so I will be interested to see who steps up there. Having Owen Franks in the squad will be great for all their development, especially for someone like Alex Fidow who may find himself on the outer if he doesn't improve his scrummaging next year.
Lots of chatter over here including coaches who have previously publically disavowed any interest in the England role or (like Pat Lam) are on long-term stable deals.
Assuming an Englishmen the name making sense is Steve Borthwick, Head Coach of Leicester Tigers. Part of the England setup from 2015-2019, from memory, line-out then forwards coach.Joined Leicester, then was promoted to Head Coach.
Borthwick, with Cockerill staying on as forwards coach I could see happening.
@canefan I don’t mind the whole jump shot thing as long as it’s compensated with other positive play. It was clear last season he had lost all confidence and giving up open layups and making dumb decisions.
Perhaps all the off court stuff caught up with him.
Once Rivers and Embiid gave up on him in the media I guess he felt too butthurt to work hard to try and prove them wrong. Rather take his ball somewhere else
I’m sure he ( along with a host of others ) got up to some dodgy shit during his IPL days but Smith and Warner blatantly cheated in a test match for their country. Do people still hold that against them or do they realise they are a couple of outstanding cricketers ? ( one of them especially )
Smith and Warner cheated to win for their country. It was shit.
Others allegedly cheated to fix results for bookies. That is shit x shit wrapped in poo
@arhs booooo. I wanted to take it off them this weekend.
Home game for us this weekend, so I assume they could take it straight back off us? Would that possibly be the shortest lived 1 ranking?
There are a few 1 weeks at top during the last RWC, equal shortest then. Home or away, we're so close in points whomever wins is top, same next weekend, I think
World Rugby are morons, we got this ranking because Australia beat South Africa in Australia, which counted as a home game for SA, the same for Argentina last weekend. There is a neutral venue option for NZ/arg and NZ/SA but nope.
Edit: in fact Argentina and SA never had games at home even planned!
The consequences of not being vaccinated. It sounds like Corey was shown the door for the same reason.
The Sky Sport Breakers have agreed to release star guard Tai Webster.
Webster, the breakout star from last season, inked a new two-year contract with the Breakers in July but since then it has become increasingly likely the team will again start the season in Australia due to the Delta outbreak. The new NBL season is scheduled to start on November 18.
Breakers owner Matt Walsh says he respects Tai Webster’s decision to remain unvaccinated. “Tai was amazing for us last year and we wish him the absolute best. I fully support each player’s freedom of choice in regards to the vaccine”. “The club will keep the door open for Tai, but unfortunately we are living in extraordinary times and without being vaccinated he will not have freedom of travel which would allow him to play for us this season.”
@nogusta I'm happy about that. I think he's a hard working and accurate player. He only missed 3 tackles out of 106 for Auckland in 2020. Ball carrying more often will be his work on. Do you know anything about Dilllon Hunt's health status for next year? Also any oil on new Locks? Or Tana's replacement?
The Herald on Sunday understands Silver Lake's improved valuation for a 7.5 per cent stake was tabled after the Players' Association officially outlined its intent to not support the 12.5 per cent sale proposal three weeks ago, sparking rumours the deal was dead.
While extracting a higher valuation for a lower sale stake lessens the risks and retains more revenue, reducing the capital injection has the potential to leave the New Zealand game exposed in a fraught Covid-affected climate.
After receiving Silver Lake's improved offer, however, the Players' Association is understood to have responded with a set of conditions to ensure what they believe is a "genuine partnership".
Those conditions include the request for an independent NZ Rugby governance review that assesses the constitution, striking at the heart of the provincial union's control, and whether the existing structure is fit for purpose.
This request comes after attacks on the players by former NZ Rugby chairman Brent Impey, the breakdown of the relationship with Australia and with a view to being fully equipped to work alongside heavyweight global businessess
Nowadays players are identified at schoolboy level and commit to provinces/SR franchises then. That's how Reihana ended up at the Chiefs as he signed with Waikato despite playing at St Kent's and being from Northland. The Chiefs have more talent coming through than you think with 4 provinces to select from, and would have more depth than any of the other franchises except the Blues. The U20s were undefeated in the NZ competition this year. We are not going to be able to retain all of them but the likes of Vaa'i and Tupaea have come through that pathway. Below that Finau, Slater, Norris, Lord, K Boshier, Roe, Trask and ENS are some of the younger players in the current Chiefs squad.
Selecting Dylan Nel for one season in 2020 didn't make sense ahead of any loose forward from the 4 Chiefs provinces. Ataata Moeakiola was signed in 2019 which meant we eventually lost Sevu Reece.
Apparently our U18s played as well. They lost 26 - 28 to Wairarapa-Bush U18. No shame, considering they must have missed a lot of players, with Hastings Boys, Napier Boys and Lindisfarne all playing games this afternoon, as well. So must have been a third-string team.