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Brumbies 2019

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by Brumby Jack, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Brumby Jack Steve Williams (59)

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    I know it's early but SANZAAR have dropped the 2019 this morning, earlier than in previous years.

    With no June inbound Tests in 2019 being a World Cup year, there is no mid year break.

    Feb 15 vs Rebels (H)
    Feb 23 vs Chiefs (H)
    Mar 1 vs Hurricanes (A)
    Mar 8 vs Rebels (A)
    Mar 15 vs Waratahs (H)
    Mar 24 vs Reds (A)
    Apr 6 vs Crusaders (A)
    Apr 13 vs Lions (H)
    Apr 20 vs Stormers (A)
    Apr 27 vs Jaguares (A)
    May 4 vs Blues (H)
    May 12 vs Sunwolves (H)
    May 24 vs Bulls (H)
    Jun 1 vs Sunwolves (A)
    Jun 8 vs Waratahs (A)
    Jun 15 vs Reds (A)

    Squad as it stands:

    Josh Mann-Rea (2019)
    Connal McInerney (2020)
    Folau Faingaa (2020)

    Scott Sio (2019)
    Allan Alaalatoa (2023)
    Les Makin (2019)
    James Slipper (2020)
    Vunipola Fafita (2019)

    Blake Enever (2020)
    Rory Arnold (2019)
    Darcy Swain (2019)
    Sam Carter (2019)
    Murray Douglas (2020)

    David Pocock (2019)
    Tom Cusack (2019)
    Ben Hyne (2019)
    Peter Samu (2020)
    Rob Valetini (2019)
    Lachlan McCaffrey (2019??)

    Joe Powell (2020)
    Matt Lucas (2019)
    Ryan Lonergan (2020)

    Wharenui Hawera (2019)
    Tom Wright (2020)

    Tevita Kuridrani (2019)
    Christian Lealiifano (2019)
    Jordan Jackson-Hope (2019)
    Irae Simone (2019)

    Lausii Tailiauli (2019)
    Toni Pulu (2020)
    Henry Speight (2019)
    Andy Muirhead (2019??)
    Chance Peni(2019??)

    Tom Banks (2022)
    Mack Hansen (2019??)

    Wider Training Squad:
    Bayley Kuenzle (2019)
    Noah Lolesio (2020)
    Len Ikitau (2019)
    Tom Ross (2019)

    Ben Alexander (Retired)
    Andrew Smith (Retired)
    Kyle Godwin (Connacht, IRELAND)
    Lolo Fakaosilea (JAPAN)
    Isi Naisarani (Rebels)
    Richie Arnold (Yamaha, JAPAN)
    Mees Erasmus (Rebels)
    Faalelei Sione (???)
    Robbie Abel (???)
    James Dargaville (???)
    Nic Mayhew (???)
    James Verity-Amm (???)
  2. Merrow Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    Two home games to start the season. That’s a positive.
  3. Tomikin Mark Loane (55)

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    Sounds like Isi gone to the rebels..

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  4. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    Must have been why the Brumbies were chasing Pete Samu when all and sundry thought the back row was well a truly taken care of for next year.
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  5. Rebels3 Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Win/Win for all parties. Means Valentini can focus on the 8 role, room to get Samu back into Aus rugby while Rebels desperate for an 8. Would of been nice for Valentini to come home but the Brums have been good to him
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  6. mst Ken Catchpole (46)

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    Personally I think we are trading up with Samu.
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  7. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    I think you might be right MST, but I also think most people will think we're being a little disingenuous if we say so.
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  8. Tomikin Mark Loane (55)

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    Only if Valentini stays uninjuried

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  9. cyclopath Phil Waugh (73)

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    Definitely. Naisarani has looked OK, but Samu looks a level up on him. Better to have them where they can both be starters.
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  10. Tomikin Mark Loane (55)

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    Different positions really we are comparing Valentini and Naisarani..Samu will habe the 6 locked down most likely had been with Naisarani but will now be Valentini..still an awesome backrow..

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  11. cyclopath Phil Waugh (73)

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    I know, but I'm agreeing Samu is probably a better "player", and there's a lot of upside with Valetini, so you're better off.
  12. RoffsChoice Jim Lenehan (48)

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    Naisarani leaving is a dick move and I'm surprised there are Brumbies fans who are okay with it.
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  13. cyclopath Phil Waugh (73)

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  14. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    He signed a one year contract, has been available for more games than pretty much any of the Brumbies backrowers and has been one of their best all season.

    Hard to be too critical of that.

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  15. Merrow Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    I’m fine with it. I wasn’t that impressed. Rated Valentini when he played as a much better prospect.
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  16. Up the Guts Tony Shaw (54)

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    Naisarani never really replicated his form with the Force although showed glimpses of it earlier in the season. With Samu, Valetini, Cusack, McCaffrey, and Pocock the Brumbies will still have a very powerful back row. Hopefully, Naisarani can regain form with Wessels and contest for a spot in the World Cup squad when he's available.

    From a Wallaby perspective it's probably a good thing that the Brumbies don't have so many talented backrowers some have to sit on the bench. Having so many quality wingers in the Rebels outfit didn't really help the form of a guy like Naivalu who has had to ride the pine for a lot of the season.
  17. RoffsChoice Jim Lenehan (48)

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    From a Wallabies perspective, I guess you can make some arguments for the benefits of the move. But it’s crazy talk to say we in Canberra are better off letting Melbourne get a replacement to equal (if not better than) Mafi because a young guy now gets opportunities. If Foley moved to Melbourne and Tahs fans were saying how happy they were that Mack Mason wouldn’t be stuck riding the pine anymore, we’d think they’d lost their minds.

    It isn’t a dick move, I spoke in anger. I wish him well and hope he is the Wallaby 8 at the World Cup. But I still wouldn’t start Valetini; it’ll be a McCaffrey-Pocock-Samu backrow with Cusack on the bench. Assuming Pocock doesn’t go to Brisbane to the tune of fans chanting “yay, now Oakman-Hunt can start!”.
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  18. fatprop David Wilson (68)

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    Valentini appears to be made of glass
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  19. Tomikin Mark Loane (55)

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    Bit like Dempsey

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  20. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    I am not overly happy to see Isa move, but think it will be in his best interests, and possibly the Brumbies' best interests, in 2019. He has been earmarked as a future Wallaby and his early form with the Brumbies was confirmation of his talent and abilities. He has gone off the boil a bit lately but that could have been due to the negotiations that were apparently then going on.

    For the Brumbies, they have still got a very strong back row contingent and can now, or should now, concentrate on getting some quality mid field players for the backline. I would also say that it would be great to see Nic White back where he belongs if he was to become available.

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