This is not looking good. I really did not like the way Stiles publicly got into the players after the Force loss. I fear control is being lost now, panic is setting in. Someone commented on the Reds taking cheap options re coaching staff....could be right.
Don't want to down anyone without giving a fair chance, but with the players they now have, results should be way better.
JW, agree except for Cole.. I see him as being of value under the right referee only. One day, a good referee will yellow card him off the park, IMO. He is a risk I would not take.....be interesting to see how the NZ props deal with him....if he even plays, of course.
Good response, Ray 1973. Your Dad and uncles are right about the '71 team...how fortunate they were to see those games.
Conrad Smith.....totally agree there...just one of those players that almost always had a big impct on the game.
You are right about the goalkicking options of the incoming Lions...one I would not be leaving out is Halfpenny...he has the advantage over the others of very long range success......as well as being a very good player in so many other areas.
Also interested in your view of Cruden. Why should he be lost to the All Blacks....change the rules, and bring him back if needed.....eg for next World Cup. I believe NZ, Australia, England should wake up to the realities of the modern game, and select the best team from wherever in the world they are playing. The Boks and the smaller nations have no choice in this matter, and in soccer, it has not been an issue for decades.
I believe that Barrett will be the No 1in the world soon in his position, but agree re his goalkicking. I think NZ will have the edge there this year, but as an Irish Australian, would see Sexton as the current world No 1......maybe I am contradicting myself there !
Joe and Eddie coaching team....for me not Eddie......far too much niggle.....I am not in the camp of seeing his approach as being acceptable...I hated his treatment of Chieka in Australia.
Yes, should be an amazing tour...hope you get to go to lots of games !
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