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Yeah mate. I am a New Zealander. Worker has had enough chances. Funny how you say he isn’t an opener as that’s where he has always batted.

The only other opening option is Colin Munro and based on his current form it’s a brave call taking him. If we went slightly left field Needham has opened in the past and Seifert generally bats up the order in limited overs for his Domestic team. Latham has batted there as well but I like him in the middle order as he’s a good player of spin.

The squad New Zealand should take to the World Cup

Big call saying Jeetan Patel will go. He is close to 40 and has barely played any cricket of late. In saying that he has done really well in England playing County Cricket. I still cant see him getting selected.

That is probably the only person I disagree with you, otherwise you are pretty close to the mark. They could opt to only take 2 spinners and take Tim Seifert as a wicket-keeper backup or he may get the nod ahead of Will Young. I would have no issues of Young being selected as he has definitely earned the chance. Will depend if the selectors are confident in debuting him in a big tournament. They missed a trick by not giving him some matches this summer in any of the ODI series we have had.

The squad New Zealand should take to the World Cup

There is a chance they may meet in the semi-final if pool placings were New Zealand first in their pool and Wales runner up in their pool (which I think they will be first) and then they win their respective 1/4 finals.

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

Sorry that should say “The Welsh effort in the Grand Slam has to be commended especially when they did not dominate the attack statistics”

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

Thanks Nicholas. The introduction was really good with Celtics vs Lakers rivalry. I was too young to see those series but have heard how intense the battles were.

The Welsh effort in the Grand Slam has to be commended especially when they did dominate the attack statistics. Some courageous defence. And now they have got themselves confident for the World Cup.

McCaffery is a workman like player and shows that blue collar attitude you have mentioned in the article. He would be the ideal man to take on a tour or a World Cup as is not going to let you down. Even if he doesn’t play too much he would definitely push some of the incumbents in the Wallabies.

There is a couple of barriers that need to be broken by the current Welsh and Wallabies teams to help improve their mental toughness. These are their long standing hoodoos they have with New Zealand. The Welsh havent beat them since 1953 and this current squad would enjoy the chance to get that victory given their current run of form. For the Wallabies, their record at Eden Park not winning their since 1986 against the All Blacks is something they need to fix. They play there in August and will be interesting to see how they approach that match.

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

The Jaguares orange and black combination is a winner for me. That colour match always looks so good together on a sports strip.

Every team's 2019 Super Rugby jersey ranked

Yep I would be keen to see more hooped jerseys in team strips. Hoops give use the traditional and also grassroots feel to the game.

Every team's 2019 Super Rugby jersey ranked

I really enjoyed this article and you raise some really valid points. I would start Pocock and finish with Hooper. Hoopers speed and extra energy in the later stages of matches would be very effective.

I have been impressed with McCaffery’s form and looks to be a very reliable rugby player. I get the impression if he was given a chance in the Wallabies he would deliver solid performances and would get better with every opportunity. Naisarani needs to be in the mix. He is a natural rugby athlete who will offer a large amount of X-factor.

It is time the Wallabies moved on from the Pooper

The Christchurch incident showed that there is more to life than sport. The tragedy is affecting the whole of our small nation. The player huddle pre-game between the Chiefs and the Hurricanes was very poignant. A number of sports people at various levels struggled to be up mentally for weekend sport and cannot really blame them.

I think Wales winning the Grand Slam was well deserved. They have grounded some pretty good victories and are building nicely for the World Cup. I really rate Tipuric and Navidii. Both outstanding flankers. I only saw highlights of the Scotland vs England but that look very entertaining. One thing is that England have shown is that they can play very expansive and with players like Slade, Daly and May they have one of their best backlines in a number of years.

On Mark Ellas idea of merging the Chiefs and the Blues is very silly. The large geographical area to start with wouldn’t work. It is covering about 7 of the 14 Mitre 10 Cup Provincial Unions in one Franchise. Northland and North Harbour were once part of the Chiefs and didn’t really work. They joined the Blues and that still has not been as harmonious as they feel hard done by Auckland.

The Wrap: Wales shines brightest on dark weekend

Does anyone think that Ireland and England’s failure to adapt their game plans part of not showing all their cards prior to the World Cup? Both have very clever coaches. In saying that, Wales deserved to win the 6 Nations this year. Their streak has been impressive and is only missing that long awaited scalp of New Zealand.

Quade Cooper has a new lease of life and he needs to be considered for the Wallabies. Meakes offers good stability and seems to do a solid job.

Ireland's collapse should be a lesson for Cheika and company

Yeah Sam Cane does play a lot his rugby in the dark spaces. Also you are bang on with his offensive tackles. He is the best in New Zealand at making attackers know he is there. That back-row of Cane, Savea and Read would be quite effective. Three quite physical rugby players in the area were you need a lot of muscle and matched with some good skill and athleticism. Read is a great line-out forward so wouldn’t be too much disadvantage there as long there is some good timber on the bench.

All Black number 8 options post-Kieran Read

You might be on to something with a change of game plan to be more direct. who knows it could be part of Hansen’s grand plan. Play more direct, physical and break teams down that way.

All Black number 8 options post-Kieran Read

UPDATE: Luke Whitelock has reportedly signed with French Club Pau after the World Cup.

All Black number 8 options post-Kieran Read

I noticed you have bracketed Scotland/Samoa for a quarter final. Samoa will have a reasonable strong team on paper but their challenge is gelling a squad together and being a harmonious camp. There has been frustration with Samoan players in the last couple of World Cups on how they are treated by their National Governing Body as well as their Government which affects their performance.

I think Japan on their home soil could beat Samoa and may even challenge Scotland for that 2nd 1/4 final spot from that group.

As an All Black fan our 1st game against South Africa is the toughest group game we have ever had and I am nervous our proud pool play record could be broken in that match. South Africa have the belief they can match New Zealand again after two close encounters in 2018.

A lot to learn for the Wallabies from this weekend's Six Nations action

Thanks Sinclair. Yeah Papali’i has the makings for a large career. He was captain of his 1st XV, played NZ School Boys and U20s. I think he has some natural leadership qualities about him. Yeah he is similar to players like Robshaw and Haskell that find themselves playing across the trio (a 6.5 position I think someone once described Robshaw as).

I rate Evans for his versatility, good speed and does everything you need him to do at the breakdown and is even a good lineout forward as he is quick off the ground.

Cane has played a couple of games at 8 for the Chiefs but to be honest cant really remember how he went (was about 3-4 years ago). Yeah that neck issues is scary for him. Hopefully he can make a full recovery and get back on the field. Would be real sad to see his career ended now.

All Black number 8 options post-Kieran Read

The South African style is brutal and quite relentless with big forwards making carries. Our New Zealand players are a lot more multi-dimensional which is a credit to our coaching systems.

Fast line speed when done properly like Ireland did to suffocate the All Blacks in Dublin last year works wonders.

Barretts is quite there yet. He does make his fair share of tackles but probably lacks the sting of Kaino. In saying that he has increased his physicality over the last 2 years.

All Black number 8 options post-Kieran Read

Thanks Ralph.
Yep we were very blessed to have those three in their prime. And they always came right when it mattered such as both the 2011 and 2015. Read had a wee case of butter fingers in a lot of the 2015 World Cup but got better when the tournament went on. Kaino was phenomenal in both and dont really need to say much about McCaws leadership as it was pretty easy to see.
The balance of the backrow from next year is a good point. I would like to see Scott Barrett tried at 6. Abit like the Savea situation is playing too good not to be on the field. A lot will also depend on Canes return.
Yeah I think Akira Ioane can be a superstar. I really hope he is teachable as he will not progress too far in the International arena. I have heard inklings that his attitude wasnt the best early on in his professional career.
Yep McCaw understood the game and made good decisions (the majority of the time). He had an immense work rate which he prided himself on. You would think Ioane has got the engine having played 7s. You have to be fit to play the modified version. He just needs to show it more and more. I think if he can make a couple of important plays at the clutch stages of a hard physical encounter we will start seeing signs of that he does have the engine and ambition.

All Black number 8 options post-Kieran Read

Thanks Nicholas for another good read.

It is good to see Hadleigh Parkes thriving in Wales. He was there or there abouts on the domestic scene but never really cemented a Super Rugby sport. He has been very influential in the success Wales has had in recent times.

I have liked how Karevi has played this year. Having some leadership responsibility is making him a better player. I have not see too much of Hunt play this season but everything I have heard he is doing great work. I totally agree with the though that the form 10,12 and 13 are the 3 you highlighted.

And highlighted players that defend in their natural position are going to be more effective than what the Wallabies tend to employ. It is a very simple concept.

Why the Wallabies should be on the midfield K-trail

Yep Ardie Saveas breakdown work is getting better. Having him at 8 and another good 7 gives a team a dual threat in that area.

And agree Read has made the 8 jersey his own. Massive pressure on the next person to maintain the high standard he set.

All Black number 8 options post-Kieran Read

I was actually going to add in Evans but had waffled too much. I really rate him. Very versatile and good allround reliable rugby player. An ideal tour squad man.

All Black number 8 options post-Kieran Read

The conundrum would be when Cane and Savea are both fit. If both are fit looking past the Read era could you have both starting at the same time? On present form Savea needs to be on the field in my opinion. He carries well and is strong enough to get making metres at Number 8. He will only get better the more he plays there.

I agree on your thoughts of Akira. He is starting to ripen and realise what is needed for him to be considered regularly.

Yeah I think McKenzie is too erratic at 10. At the same time he was exposed on last years Northern Tour under the high ball at fullback. However his attacking nous is lethal and he is a game breaker on attack, Will Jordan is another fullback option to look out for.

All Black number 8 options post-Kieran Read

Yeah that is true. A lot does depend on Canes availability going forward whether Savea plays 7 or 8.

Dalton Papalii played a lot of his school rugby at Number 8 and is someone that maybe a long term consideration. If Savea was to start at 8, Papalii would be an ideal flanker with his height to ensure there was still good lineout options.

All Black number 8 options post-Kieran Read

Has anyone ever considered Cameron Boyce for the One Day team? He was the most accurate spinner in the BBL. Bowls with great control. Surprised he hasn’t been given more opportunity at the higher level.

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

Will Jordan has got immense talent. I was a fan of his during the Mitre 10 Cup last year and was hoping he was going to be a bolter when the All Blacks took an extended squad to Japan. If he continues playing how he has in his first two Super Rugby appearances, he could well and truly be the bolter come World Cup time (similar to Nehe Milner-Skudder). He looks really well balanced with his running style and has a good turn of pace.

This week I didn’t see a whole match this weekend but did watch some of the highlights on the Super Rugby website. I have been impressed with Lions loose forward Marnus Schoeman. Has featured quite prominently in the Lions attack this year. Maybe a late bloomer at 30.

Super Rugby team of the week: Round 4

He was a superb all-round cricket. His ability to bowl a quality line and length with the right amount of swing or seam on a regular basis is why he was so successful. His hard hitting batting approach was also a joy to watch. He was a world class player in his time and is New Zealand’s greatest cricketer of all-time for a number of the reasons you highlight in this article.

RIchard Hadlee: An underrated genius and an all-time great fast bowler