Discussion in 'National Rugby Championship (NRC)' started by RugbyReg, Jul 16, 2019.
I can't seem Tom Robertson either? Is he there or injured??
Probably the most striking thing about the squads is Uni’s front row depth. By my count there are 7 front rowers from Uni across the two teams.
So what's a best 15 for Syd/NSW teams:
On second glance the country team has 3 less players in its squad than city. It would make sense for their squad to be slightly incomplete as they don't have an openside flanker.
Three players I would add to the country side are 2 former country players Rowan Perry at 7 and Nox Muliufi at 12. Then I'd add Karmichael Hunt to 15.
I'm assuming that Rob Taylor will want to try and play his (Irish-like) Sydney Uni style of rugby at the Country Eagles. The squad is thin on depth though and I think that any sort of injuries (especially in the forwards) will impact the ability of the Country Eagles to play that style really well. It would be a test for Taylor because he would be used to the embarrassment of playing riches like Uni have in the Shute Shield. He strikes me as a really smart coach though.
Teams for Saturday:
NSW Country Eagles:
STARTING XV: 1.Angus Bell, 2.David Vea, 3.Matt Sandell, 4.Nathan Den Houdt, 5.Tom Staniforth, 6.Ned Hanigan ©, 7.Michael Icely, 8.Will Harris, 9.Jake Gordon ©, 10.Mack Mason, 11.James Kane, 12.Joey Walton, 13.Ben Woollett, 14.James Turner, 15.Tim Clements.
SUBS: 16.Aaron Blacklock, 17.Cody Walker, 18.Chris Talakai, 19.Tom Nowlan, 20.Pat Tafa, 21.Jack Grant, 22.Connor O'Shea, 23.Mark Nawaqaintawse.
STARTING XV: 1.Rory O'Connor, 2.Ed Craig, 3.Sham Vui, 4.Ryan McCauley, 5.Tuitakau Kioa, 6.Lachlan Swinton, 7.Josh Kemeny, 8.Jordan Goddard, 9.Mitch Short, 10.Will Harrison, 11.Tyson Davis, 12.Lalakai Foketi ©, 13.Cam Clark, 14.James Ramm, 15.Ben Donaldson
SUBS: 16.Declan Moore, 17.Harry Rorke, 18.Wayne Borsak, 19.Jack Digby, 20.Christian Poidevin, 21.Jacob Abel, 22.Trent Winterstein, 23.Jaline Graham
Does anyone know where Michael Wells is? Is he playing seven's if not why isn't he playing for Sydney?
Hey BR, Just read that Brumbies have signed Guy Porter for 2020. Good signing
Porter - good player but not sure where he fits into the Brumbies for next year. Both centre spots are well covered in my book. No 12 - Simone, Lolesio, Keunzle, Wright. No 13 - Kuridrani, Wright, Ikitau. Might be an indication that Simone is being considered for No 10?
Still looking for a Lock, I understand. Won't be at all surprised if that happens to be Lee-Warner.
But now getting off topic. Thanks for the heads up on Porter.
Porter has been signed on for one year as part of the wider training squad, so probably will only get a look in with injuries...
Kuenzle is a 10. Great pass on him.
Having a break, has opted out of playing NRC for a few years now.
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