RE: All Blacks team named to play italy,,,
November 15, 2012, 14:48:36
another good experimental team with key players in sertain areas, the All Blacks continue to give the newbies and fringe players quality game time, while still feilding a competitve team.
the fly halves and midfield pairing is perfect with the worlds greatest 10 ever not calling the shots as hcarter is on the bench.
but arron cruden and aaron smith have their ITM synergy from when they were in the manawtu turbos and cruden and nonu are former hurricane players and both are familiar with each others game.
then we have the All Blacks most experienced midfiled cobo ever in nonu and conrad, plus julian savea and hosea gear out on the wings.
will be intresting to see how gear performs out of position and also good to see what barret can deliver with a possible 80mins from the back
kerr barlow and coles are again on the bench which is primo, their inclusion in the team and playing from the bench is exactly how i would have played them, as the All Blacks newst members, them being familiar with the All Blacks team dynamics is the main reason for their selections as the All Blacks continue with the devloping of their players. the fact theyre getting decent gametime further enhances their experience and ABs devlopment and depth.
i would imagine both barlow and coles to not be selected for the welsh/english tests, IMO both hore and aaron smith will start the last two tests, with weepu and kev to be on the bench.
fell very comfortable with this team, but a win is the only thing thats guranteed, got a feeling the azzuris are going to make a fist of it this weekend, so its very comforting that the All Blacks have the likes of All Black incumbents carter, jane and whitelock on the bench, but also depndable ben franks and vito as well.
i expect big things from sam cane and i would urge our saffa bros who watch this game to keep an eye out for him, hes being touted as the heir apparent to McCaw and while i agree, he hasnt been tested properly yet by rugby powoerhouse, ireland and the pumas aand no disrespect towards them, are nations i expect every All Black to preform against and if one should have a blinder like sam cane did in that 3rd test especially, then he has met expectations and nothing more.
GO THE MIGHTY MIGHTY ALL BLACKS!!!