This reminds me of another thing that struck me as odd with the squad announcement and that is why a captain wasn't announced at the same time.
I think Horwill is the obvious candidate. I can't see him picking Mowen. With Pocock injured the only other real option would be Genia.
SURELY Deans knows who he wants as captain. He's seen enough of the play and captaincy of all the likely candidates. You can bet your life it's not going to be one of the mysterious 6 so why wouldn't he have named him?
My theory is that he wanted to see how Genia and Horwill reacted to the no-Quade announcement. The one who objected least would get the nod.
Thanks mate. Although it was all tongue-in-cheek, that was the point of the article. And looking to the future will keep me positive for the time being.
You've left one out who I'm sure is going to feature somewhere and that's Godwin. I really like the look of this guy. A bit like Toomua - little in the way of flash, just a head-down get-stuck-in player who I think would be amazingly coachable.
And on the topic of Toomua, if Cooper is around in 2015 it will be for a World Cup union swansong. I'm sure he won't hang around past then... if he lasts that long. Who knows - perhaps JOC will surprise us all and turn out to be a long-term option at 10 and therefore Godwin battle it out with Lealifano for the 12 spot.
Number 8 looks like a bit of a hole, doesn't it? That's why I've fantisised about the possibility of Skelton getting some game there. Would like to see him backing up there for Palu in a few matches. Obviously there are some skills working at the back of the scrum you want to see in an 8. Another possibility is someone like Schatz. I think he is a really good rugby player but seems to be falling into the Matt Hodgson zone a little bit - is he a 6 or a 7 or an 8 or what - he's a bit of everything and that might actually hold him back. Mowen is another in this camp to some extent.
And you didn't like my idea of Hooper the hooker? I wrote it out of desperation just because I couldn't think of anyone and wanted to fit all the players in but the more I dwell on it, the less crazy it seems. Maybe I should lower my medication dosage eh? :)
Err... yeah, I guess the author of the article didn't get the story straight. I told you the name was obscured. Maybe it was David Lord? :)