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allblacknblue

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What Hansen shoulda done!
October 30, 2012, 19:13:49

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sasuke uchiha

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RE: What Hansen shoulda done!
October 30, 2012, 21:42:39

LMAO, not a big williams fan i take it, :o/

but heres my take on ali williams being included in the EOYT squad. with brodie retallick 21, sam whitelock 23, luke romano 25, we have a very young locking trio right there who are IMO the top 3 NZ locks, other then whitelock, the othere two are realtive newbies, so having ali williams in the suqad is going to add a lot of value as he shares his expreinces with both reatllick and romano>

when pairing up the roommates, i nope retallick and whitlock are room buddies and williams and romano are the other, cos this qurtest of ABs top locks need to be synrgise in order for the All Blacks legacy to continue.
 


sasuke uchiha

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RE: What Hansen shoulda done!
October 30, 2012, 22:10:00
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Williams experience crucial for All Blacks

James Mortimer - (30/10/2012)

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has said that the deciding factor for Ali Williams being selected to tour was 75 tests of experience, despite the coach recognising that Williams did not have the ideal amount of match time behind him.
 

Williams was selected for the Air New Zealand End of Year tour, but curiously was selected as the fourth lock, meaning that the All Blacks selectors now view the likes of Brodie Retallick and Luke Romano as the new guard.

It appears Sam Whitelock is now recognised as the senior lock in New Zealand Rugby, but the Crusaders second row forward has played plenty of rugby this season so far.

Hansen said choosing the second row forwards had not been an easy decision.

"Obviously there has been a lot of debate about the fourth lock," Hansen said.

"It is a selection the three of us (selectors) spent a lot of time discussing. We came to the same conclusions we came to in June.

They said the fact that Williams was the second most capped All Blacks lock, only behind Ian Jones, that gave him the nod.

"We have a 75 Test veteran," Hansen said.

"Yes he hasn't played a lot of rugby because of injury but we know he has the mental capacity to do the job on the field.

"He brings with him a huge amount of experience and we know he is good at assisting the young guys. Retallick and Romano will benefit from that and hence why he has been selected."


sasuke uchiha

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RE: What Hansen shoulda done!
October 30, 2012, 22:15:58

lolz, found this article while checking out other sites and it seems hansen and i are on the same page, might have to put hansens number on speed dial incae i have any more solid ideas, LMAO, :P


allblacknblue

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RE: What Hansen shoulda done!
October 31, 2012, 14:55:17

Come now sas the last time he played any decent ruga was 5 years ago man! on form it should have been Craig Clarke. But honestly i would have taken Dominic Bird as all 3 other locks are already capped and taken Williams as a water boy/mentor.


sasuke uchiha

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RE: What Hansen shoulda done!
October 31, 2012, 18:03:47

bit harsh their bro, ali has played well when not plagued with injuries.

i know our other three locks are capped, but other then whitelock, retallick and romano are not the finished the product yet, something im sure ali williams can help by polishing of the rough edges with his intimate knowledge in the position.

i dont expect ali williams to be there in 2014, but i wouldnt be surprised to see a few more tests before hes let loose in the northern hemisphere wilderness where he can earn some bling, the same goes with weepu.

as for craig clarke, i would prefer jared hoeata, but TBH i wouldnt have had any issues whith clarkie over williams, all i know is that whitelock, retallick and romano are the top 3 locks in NZ at them moment and i for once am feeling very comfortable with our All Blacks depth in this department.
 


allblacknblue

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RE: What Hansen shoulda done!
October 31, 2012, 21:32:14

Yea sorry cuz and your right Ali was the man!... Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth lol jokes. I just rate the other 3 more highly at present and dispite their somewhat lack of test caps I reckon there doin alright and look to have alot of potential to be realised actually.

Purely on form i'd have craig and would like to see if he can raise the roof in a black jumper but Jared is another fine choice (Geez it was only a few years ago we were scratching around for locks!) and already has a couple caps, by memory he has a bit of utility value aswell (loose forward or 8 cant remember which). Which upsets me even more now.... why oh why Steve!

 

 


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