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New Zealand Rugby Alternatives To Stephen Donald 22 views 11 Comments
10 October 2011 by The Swede Eaters See all
 
Connected with: Wiki Player Colin Slade

There aren't many alternatives to Stephen Donald for the All Blacks selectors to call in to replace Colin Slade. Scotty Donaldson shows us that the cupboard is empty.

With the latest injury curse to strike the New Zealand pivots it is time to take a look at who would be a better option to replace Colin Slade for the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup 2011. The latest injury is really testing the depth of New Zealand rugby. With only two matches to go in the Rugby World Cup 2011 tournament it will be difficult for any new player entering the squad for two such important matches. With the current squad, it is difficult to know if the new player would get much game time too.

Before you start criticising the selection of Stephen Donald at first five eighth, just look at the alternative candidates below. This isn't 2007 where New Zealand was blessed with Dan Carter, Nick Evans, Aaron Mauger, Luke McAlister and Leon MacDonald as options.

Stephen Donald and Aaron Cruden were the two form first five eighths during the ITM Cup and he has been in the All Blacks in recent seasons.

In my opinion, there are no other realistic alternatives to Stephen Donald to replace Colin Slade in the All Blacks Rugby World Cup 2011 squad, especially at this important stage of the tournament.

Here's a look at the alternatives to Stephen Donald who could have been chosen to replace Colin Slade at the Rugby World Cup 2011.

Lachie Munro, Northland
Ben Botica, North Harbour
Gareth Anscombe, Auckland
Baden Kerr, Counties Manukau
Trent Renata, Waikato
Chris Noakes, Bay of Plenty
Beauden Barrett, Taranaki
Dan Kirkpatrick, Hawkes Bay
Lima Sopoaga, Wellington
James Marshall, Tasman
Stephen Brett, Canterbury
Tyler Blydenhaal, Canterbury
Tony Brown, Otago
Glenn Dickson, Otago
Robbie Robinson, Southland
Scott Eade, Southland

There are other options like Nick Evans and Mike Delaney, but they aren't eligible because they are playing overseas.

The cupboard looks bare, who do you think the All Blacks selectors should have gone with to replace Colin Slade?

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11 . FrankyV 14 Oct 2011 11:10 AM
Birquist is the glaring omission from the list but from the squad its these at 10: Cruden, Donald, Weepu and Toeava. All of them are capable of sending the Aussies home and never mind who thinks who is better or worse. We've only got one chance. The boys need our support and not our alternative theories. Time to get behind them all. I'm hoping to see a massive game from every All Black this week 1-22 and some decent cheers from the crowd would be good for a change.

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10 . FrankyV 14 Oct 2011 11:09 AM
Birquist is the glaring omission from the list but from the squad its these at 10: Cruden, Donald, Weepu and Toeava. All of them are capable of sending the Aussies home and never mind who thinks who is better or worse. We've only got one chance. The boys need our support and not our alternative theories. Time to get behind them all. I'm hoping to see a massive game from every All Black this week 1-22 and some decent cheers from the crowd would be good for a change.

9 . Real Deal 12 Oct 2011 05:41 PM
Donald.. just kick the damn ball into the stands, it's that simple! Stephen Brett can't tackle well enough, proved that in the Super 15. Watch for Samo to be running at Cruden this weekend, it could get messy?

8 . CrOmPtOn 12 Oct 2011 05:09 PM
Bring back Tony brown! He's been there done that and defends better than any first five..although a tad slower off the mark.
But Donald will do the job, keep the faith

7 . DJ-Eish 11 Oct 2011 06:37 PM
Luke McAllister is in some great form, iv been watching him play overseas and he is playing amazingly, but unfortunately he cannot be picked because of the overseas rule. However looking at your list, did you forget MATT BIRQUIST ? he is cool headed and can slide into the majority of team with ease ...

6 . DJ-Eish 11 Oct 2011 06:33 PM
Luke McAllister is in some great form, iv been watching him play overseas and he is playing amazingly, but unfortunately he cannot be picked because of the overseas rule. However looking at your list, did you forget MATT BIRQUIST ? he is cool headed and can slide into the majority of team with ease ...

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5 . turmeric 11 Oct 2011 08:43 AM
Oh and IMHO Dagg is next on the list for 10 cover if the unthinkable happens.

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4 . turmeric 11 Oct 2011 08:42 AM
Donald was the only realistic option I entirely agree. More than that despite what the arm chair critics suggest he is a fantastic player he just has not performed as well as he can in the AB jersey. @Havok_nz the guys you mention are good but would you seriously prefer any to Donald in a world cup knock out match? For me there is no way. Robinson is frail defensively and is extremely prone to errors, Brett would probably be the next best option to Donald but for me he doesnt have the consistency, and the tactical capabilities that Donald offers. Brett is very hot and cold too. Lima is a very good up and comer and who knows, he might step up, but there is no way the ABs would risk a guy like that in the world cup.


3 . snell 10 Oct 2011 11:20 PM
lol

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2 . Havok_nz 10 Oct 2011 11:09 PM
Lima Sopoaga... hes going to be a star. Stephan Brett is another good choice. Also Robbie Robinson, although he seems better in full back, not 1st five.

1 . deep 10 Oct 2011 10:50 PM
You forgot to mention Cory Jane's name. He's been running like Jonah, offloading like SBW, has the vision of Carter, the boot of beckham and all while keeping the town alive with action. Put a can of beer in one hand (glass just wouldn't be safe on a footy field) and ball in the other and he'll be right... mate! We've got plenty more fullback/wingers to fill his void out wide, so when Cruden's been walloped by another cheap shot and Weepu's wide shoulder's show signs of creaking, lasso the man and bring him in!

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