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All Blacks Name Top Team For France? Yeah Right 34 views
22 September 2011 by The Swede Eaters
Scotty Donaldson thinks that the All Blacks aren't completely at full strength, but neither is France so neither team can complain.
The New Zealand All Blacks have been named to play France on Saturday
night in a crucial pool match at Eden Park, but do you think we can
honestly claim that it is our best side? The New Zealand Herald
criticised France for not naming all of their best players for such an
important game, but I think that France could do the same to the All
Adam Thomson is an unproven Number Eight forward,
while Tony Woodcock is still returning from injury. Piri Weepu is
unproven as a starting halfback, while Cory Jane gets the right wing
spot by default.
The major talking point is the selection of
fullback Israel Dagg ahead of Mils Muliaina. This had to happen, I just
think it was unfortunate that Mils has been hampered by injuries
recently which could leave him agonisingly short of 100 test caps, he
I think Victor Vito must be injured because he is a
better Number Eight than Thomson, although I think Thomson is a bit
more mobile. He hasn't even been named on the bench. They must want to
give Anthony Boric and Ali Williams a chance to get a sweat up. No
specialist loose forward on the bench, now who is foxing? Of course,
all will be resolved when Kieran Read returns against Canada hopefully.
This could just be an experiment to see how Thomson goes.
not be Frank here and start with both of the Franks brothers? Tony
Woodcock is still not up to scratch. He gave away four penalties
against Japan. There is also a thought that the All Blacks should start
with both Israel Dagg and Mils Muliaina. Has Jane been better than
Toeava? I would say the jury is still out and watch for Sonny Bill
Williams to take Jane's place in the second half off the bench.
I prefer Piri Weepu off the bench. I am hoping that my man Cowan will
start against the tough teams like South Africa, but Weepu makes more
impact off the bench, mind you, I also think Ellis is better off the
bench too than starting.
Sorry France, I think The New Zealand
Herald is hypocritical by calling your team below full strength when
ours is just as bad. You are starting with Morgan Parra at first five
eighth and maybe a forward or two who aren't your best, but I think we
have a similar number of contentious positions.
Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Richard Kahui, Dan
Carter, Piri Weepu; Adam Thomson, Richie McCaw (capt), Jerome Kaino,
Sam Whitelock, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock.
Reserves: Andrew Hore, Ben Franks, Ali Williams, Anthony Boric, Andy
Ellis, Colin Slade, Sonny Bill Williams.