RE: NZ maori team named for canda match,,,
November 22, 2012, 20:56:15
good luck to the boys, the mach against the canucks aint gonna be easy, but there are enough stars all over the place to get the party started on a favourable note.
great to see willie ripia starting at flyhalf, hes had some issues to deal with the last 24 months, but he has had plenty of rugby talent, so its good to see that not get wasted. a big thumbs up to jamie jospeh for selecting him in the first place, there were many many folks out there who would not have done so.
it also seems that hika elliot has lost his starting berth to quentin mcdonald, he was a shoe in for the All Blacks back up hooker after kev and hore, a shoe in as the chiefs No1 hooker and it seems all that has now fallen down big time.
he needs a big 2013 to get back into contention, cos i still consider him the 3rd best hooker in the country, but he needs to pull his finger out his ass and start earning the right and that starts at the chiefs by dethroning marhoni schwalger and becoming the chiefs incumbent hooker, no mean feat considering schwalger was one of the top 3 hookers in the spXV.