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Yes but he hits far harder than Messam, or anyone for that matter. His workrate and complete dedication to being on the ball would surely be a better contribution than any of our current sixes, particularly in terms of workrate. Get the lineout issue though, we end up with a nz version of pooper, but at least we have a legit seven, 8 and locks, with three genuine world class lineout men.

Canes injury and recovery concerns though. He must be gutted.

What the Rugby World Cup contenders need in 2019

Well if youre winning 80-90% of your tests in the period since 87 its reasonable to expect you to win 80-90% of the wcups but such is the impact of the one crucial match the numbers dont stack up. ABs to get three in a row at some point since 87 is probably more likely than not.

Who will be the starting No.12s in the World Cup quarter-finals?

Whew, good luck with that one

What the Rugby World Cup contenders need in 2019

I dont see why Cane at 6 isnt an option as he hits as hard as Kaino and is a good defensive attacking balance to ardies more attacking game. Height might be an issue but read makes three legit jumpers. Canes not the ball carrier of the others but hes not bad. And you get a high work rate from Cane, something lacking in all out would be 6’s except possibly Frizzell who really got around in the time he played.

What the Rugby World Cup contenders need in 2019

Has nothing to do with drugs train, it has everything to do with self discipline. Its how you get a fat Skelton and a leaner one where standards are higher.

Karmichael Hunt signs with Waratahs for 2019

Splitting hairs a bit there. 12 starts vs 10 tests of which five were starts is ‘nowhere near as experienced as Aki’.

Looks similar to me.

Who will be the starting No.12s in the World Cup quarter-finals?

Is beating France meant to be hard or something. Funny, thought that was an oldie.

Who will be the starting No.12s in the World Cup quarter-finals?

I think we’ll get the usual ABs and southern teams are beatable reporting as we have been until as usual once the northern press see a few cold doldrum 6N matches where everyones protecting themselves from Wcup injury issues and compare them to the Super rugby start at the same time, where players will be jumping out of their skins to impress this year.

Theyll all cry what on earth had they been thinking. ????

Who will be the starting No.12s in the World Cup quarter-finals?

World cup time, you of all fans should know that difference. 6 nation champs to Wcup chumps.
SAs best in 2018 was as good as Irelands. Dont need ten months for a world cup. Just three or four matches.

Who will be the starting No.12s in the World Cup quarter-finals?

Yeah he will know at any time someone can get one over him on their phone just because they know what hes done. Unfortunately hes subject to higher scrutiny regardless of what others may think is normal.
People dont usually go smoking dope in front of cops for a reason. The mobile phone and social media are these guys cops as well.

Kurtley Beale apologises for "compromising" video

Think thats changing rapidly Jacko. Theyre choosing clubs ahead of country now and in League many chose or wanted to play for Tonga over NZ or Oz. Theyve got their money either way so the thought of playing for their respective Island nation is appealing.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

I agree. I think it can be as simple as if someone qualifies for two countries let them pick. Not from test to test but from year to year isnt so bad. That would have one very significant and immediate impact. Better quality sides would be at the World cup. Kaino for example, could play for Samoa in the 2019 tournament, as could Nonu. Allegiance is wearing thin these days anyway. Look at the club sides in the north. Many resemble Baabaas sides.
At least this way the smaller nations are better represented.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

I agree. Anyone who is contracted to mitre 10 or higher should have that condition built in. By playing they get exposure and attract overseas attention, so those responsible for creating their profile, abilities etc should expect to have them contracted for their playing days. If not, pay up out of the first ‘legit’ contract.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

True, but now its also consuming NZ, oz, SA and Argentina. Theyre all filling a demand the north cant fill.Super rugby has become an online shopping show. Very concerning that our coaches are now moving players with them, Boyd and Pat Lam now in the market with first hand recent knowledge of which players they think might do well. So in recruiting our coaches, theyre also recruiting scouts who can do that work for them, something local coaches cant do as easily. Gatland and Schmidt for example, have no personal knowledge of our current players.

In that respect the Pac. Islands dont have that problem, they just know theyre always gonna have to go somewhere. The impacts of it tgeyre already well used to.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

Yes, yet here we are. Doing exactly that.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

Tis tricky ground. Means several cultures, who each have their own language and culture, need to work together, ‘because’ theyre all islanders.

Just dont think the concept is as simple as it sounds.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

The cost of hosting test match losses in the islands means it wouldnt survive. Theres simply no revenue in hosting matches in the Island and for it to be a legit comp youd have to host some matches there.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

Possibly, though I dont see it as any different from the Blues though an Auckland based PI side would have most fans dropping the blues like a wet blanket.
Sure the funds might go to helping PI rugby but it sure would be interesting. Ive not seen a PI ‘based’ sports side, or even a non sports all and only PI based anything before. They pride themselves on being Tongan, or Samoan etc. being lumped together as one entity with fans supporting tongans but not ‘tonga’ just sounds weird.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

Yes they get a lot of empathy in that sense thats why. Resource wise theyre strapped but as a talented culture they punch well above their weight in this game. Theyre going through a very heavy period of migration and resettlement relative to most other countries on a per capita basis so there is a larger tugging of the heartstrings to maintain as much of the origin of their culture including representing their country of true origin, where their ancestors are from.
It allows them to ‘feel’ Tongan, Samoan etc, even if they arent from there. Especially so in fact. So while i agree the get cut some slack in that respect.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

Oh dear, i hear the phone ringing again…????

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

Good stuff though the three articles below it currently make things look ominous. Now our own are recruiting our own. The departures are accelerating. Wish the north would hurry up and grow their own.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

FB, how about you tell us how England are supporting the PIs rather than criticising otger countries doing worse. Better yet, you tell us how one would support the PIs in a way where theyll start getting home tests if 70000 like twickers does every year.
like the pillaged SH sides the north have the money so why dont you get off your behind, and our backs, and start channelling all that gold to somewhere that would get much more out of it than the rubbish your sides are putting out each year. For the money you have the north should be cleaning the game up.
Yet you still need enormous SH IP and talent to hold up the game there. Pitiful.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

Yet he was distinctly average for the wallabies.that says lower quality to me. You dont leave super rugby when he did and get better.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

Bit Im not talking about Leinster alone. Im talking about the sum total of players we are losing in addition to the almost zero players we are attracting. ‘Bare minimum’ is two things. One, its additional near test calibre players off the shelf. Two, Lenster dont have to keep filling talented players who get bought by other clubs in the way ALL our clubs do.
I see its not such a plus us getting overseas experience fir our coaches anymore.
Chris Boyd is now at Saints? So what does he do? Cant find any local center talents good enough so goes looking… guess where? Yep, the Hurricanes. Mike Proctor, a very promising center is now off.
So much for the depth. I guess soon we’ll start hearing what a find he is and hiw the north found something in him we didnt. Funny that.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

It would depend on how many Super rugby players are playing for the northern sides, something they now cant do without. I see Boyd has now snagged Mike proctor so theres an annoying trend for the northto pick up NZ coaches who know more about NZ players than they do. Cant wait to see nh clubs crash financially due to their greed.

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