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With Sotutu going backwards and Cane injured surely Savea, Frizzell and Jacobson must be in the 23?

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

If that was crass, how about, before the pandemic, the Prem moving the 20/21 season back a week to interfere with the Lions!

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

I think he’s better than that and better than LW Nick. Still only 24 and hasn’t played that much. Great engine, leadership ball runner and tackler, which we lacked last year. Plays three positions too.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

12 is the one position Jordie definitely won’t play as long as Laumape is fit! 15 is his best position for the Hurricanes because he can go where he can make the most impact, but it’s a very competitive position for the ABs.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

If he was there. Often in these stories they didn’t even visit the country!

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

I don’t see them getting rid of it Nick. Everyone except the pommy clubs think it’s the biggest thing outside the World Cup, and it makes Megabucks. Just you wait, when Eddie leads them to Australia in 2025…

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Tana at the Blues is another good example.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Who knows Nick, but the “X spotted looking for a house in Y” is a bit of a tabloid trope.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Quins are playing some great stuff at the moment Nick… The world’s gone mad!

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

It’s the jet lag Rah Rah! I think we are in Perth straight after the final if we make it… It will be our sixth straight game… Certainly no gimme.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

So their worst performance ever in the Six Nations gets called “Sup-optimal…”
Should get that bloke to do the internal review of the European Super League proposal.

Eddie Jones receives "full support" of the England rugby board

To be fair, the Tahs have been all season!

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

We’re back to being the top scrum in the country, like when Hoeft was here. We’re not yet getting the penalties, but we’ve had a clear edge against everyone and ST has to be a massive part of that. There’s some power in that young man.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

I could see what Gatland was trying to do – add a bit of structure which the Crusaders had and we didn’t. To be fair we beat the Crusaders and Blues before lockdown, when we lost all our locks, Harris, Moli, Jacobson etc. Although the experience given to the likes of Vaa’i, Ah Kuoi and Taukei’aho is now paying off in diamonds.

With Jones retained as England coach, Gatland is coming back. While I wouldn’t have been disappointed had he left, I’m sure that he won’t want to change too much, but might add some professionalism. Clayton will pick up some things from him, and should know what not to copy.

Clayton looks a tough nut who gets our culture. Reminds me a lot of Rennie. I’d want him to take over as head coach from 2024.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Those two could be the future after 2023.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Yes, whereas the top kiwis will be able to rest one or two against the Rebels and Force and a lot against the Tahs.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

Thanks so much for that Nick. I’ve been dining out on the match – in fact I’ve just rewatched it.

I remember DMac’s first match, as a teenaged ten against the Blues. Had All Black first five written all over him. That season after Cruden left seemed to put paid to that, but what a virtuoso performance, it was even better on second viewing. And you didn’t even mention the diagonal bombs which caused all sorts of havoc.

I have to pay respect to the Crusaders though. We played so well, but they scored three clinical tries and made us do so much right to score ours.

Finally, I just want to mention samisoni taukei’aho, who has added reliable throwing to those powerful bowling ball runs. Just 23, he has a ton of potential.

Ten out of tens: What will Super Rugby Trans-Tasman deliver?

You’ve just reminded me of a great piece of commentary by Scott Stevenson during another Highlanders v South African match in Dunedin, when Kolbe vainly tried to stop Naholo 2m out from the line.

“Naholo’s just turned Kolbe into Swiss cheese!”

In praise of the small men

Hi Nick, I was struck by DMac’s diagonal runs to hit a runner or spread it wide as the Chiefs mainly played off ten. Could you please compare and contrast with Aaron Smith’s scary flat, fast attack?

Get your questions in for Issue 9 of Coach's Corner

I remember that match. The clan were awful before the lockdown but that was a particularly embarrassing Mauger disaster.

I’m quite happy that we don’t have to play you again for a while, we got you just in time! Thanks for beating the big guns for us!

In praise of the small men

I’d have two locks on the bench to match the bomb squad, with Owens and AWJ as tag team captains.

The selection trap the British and Irish Lions must avoid

I agree AH. It’s dangerous to rely too much on stats at 9. Murray is a test 9, JGP isn’t.

At lock, I think Gats will pick two on the bench anyway to combat the bomb squad. So it’s a question of who’s best starting and who’s best finishing. I’ve got AWJ and Owens as tag team captains too.

The selection trap the British and Irish Lions must avoid

I’m also anti conference Jacko, and have said so on here several times this week, but I don’t want to lose Super Rugby Aotearoa which has been brilliant, or indeed SRAU which I’ve also enjoyed. But I also think we need the international competition for our non test players. Also, having the split season will mean that more teams have something to play for in the second half of the season.

The Wrap: Rugby’s devil is in the detail

Just makes sense to have the same number in both, and it benefits everyone for there to be enough weeks for a SRTT. Obviously if Covid intervenes we might need a different format.

The Wrap: Rugby’s devil is in the detail

Another option for the last four weeks could be the top three kiwi teams play the top three Aussies. The final would be between the two best teams from the most recent round robin matches between the six teams.

Same format for the bottom six teams.

The Wrap: Rugby’s devil is in the detail