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Players to watch in 2014 - The Goal of the NRC

Discussion in 'National Rugby Championship (NRC)' started by Jets, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    The struggled with Ruaridh Jackson at WC time.

    Roo - ray. Not Roo - ar - di

    Not that hard. But non-phonetic names seem to bamboozle aussie comentators all the time.
  2. blindside Stan Wickham (3)

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    Expecting a big year for David Porecki in 2014. Coming off the back of his debut year in 1st grade, which included a good old fashioned scrum duel with Paddy Ryan in the semi final, word from Marlin territory is he has packed on a bit of bulk and is really stepping things up. Look for him to feature in the NRC in a big way in the hope of securing a Super Rugby contract.
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  3. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    I expect most of the players who will shine in the NRC will be current members of S15 teams. At the end of the Super season, only 30 players will be missing due to Wallabies' duties, and probably another 12 - 15 due to injury, retirement etc. Even allowing for the extra number of teams in the NRC, the bulk of the players will come from existing S15 teams and EPS.

    From the Brumbies' squad, I expect Siliva Siliva to shine, and move up the pecking order of potential Wallaby hookers, Ruaridh Murphy and Ruan Smith to form the top front row in the comp with the Wallabies missing, Jordan Smiler to be outstanding at 6 and Stephan van der Walt to have an eye-catching series on the wing. I'm also looking very forward to seeing how Jack Whetton goes at lock. Fotu Auelua will be a standout at 8 if he's not then in the Wallabies' squad.

    Newbies I'm looking forward to watching include Jonah Placid and Michael Gunn (QLD), Kotoni Ale and Patrick Sio (NSW), and Staniforth (ACT).
  4. Eyes and Ears Arch Winning (36)

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    I think you will find that Wallaby duty and injuries will remove at least 60 players leaving about 115 players. If there are 8 teams of 30, then 240 players are required and there will be about a 50/50 split between super and club rugby. If there are 10 teams, then the majority will be club players.
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  5. MACCA Ron Walden (29)

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    Great opportunity for young up & comers now. Guess thats why the Comp was formed. Wonder whether all players will get a few $$ out of this.
  6. East Coast Aces Johnnie Wallace (23)

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    Toby White HAS to be the first choice 13 for the Brisbane South team.
  7. Train Without a Station Steve Williams (59)

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    Aren't Anthony Fainga'a and Ben Tapuai both linked to Souths or Sunnybank?
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  8. tigerland12 John Thornett (49)

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    Good chance at least one of them will be linked with the Wallabies, or recovering from injury, as has been the trend over the past few seasons.

    Edit: Faingaa is linked with GPS anyway.
  9. East Coast Aces Johnnie Wallace (23)

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    And Tapuai is more of a 12 IMO.
  10. TOCC Guest

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    Faingaa plays for GPS and Tapuai plays for Sunnybank..
  11. Jets Mark Loane (55)

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    Heard he might be off this season so we might miss out on him playing.
  12. Train Without a Station Steve Williams (59)

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    All I was getting at was that of the Reds 4 centre options, last year CFS and Harris were called up to the Wallabies due to injuries, so there is potential of 4 contracted players playing to fill 4 starting spots, and then that's not even considering if the Reds want players to get time in different positions that they cover but don't play regularly (e.g. Lucas at 12, Turner at 13, etc.), so to say anybody who is playing club rugby HAS to be first choice in any position for any team is a bit of a stretch.
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    The bulk of the starting players in both teams will be made up of those currently involved in the Reds system.

    There's almost 45 players training regularly at the Reds when you include wider training squads etc. So even minus the Wallaby contingent and those injured, you are going to have around 30 players to select before you even really look at the club scene..
  14. I like to watch Simon Poidevin (60)

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    15 players to make up the Wobblies and rehab teams!
    Either you are being too pessimistic regarding National train on squad,or you are being to optimistic about injuries.
    Or both.
    IMHO.
  15. East Coast Aces Johnnie Wallace (23)

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    Say it ain't so Jets. :,(
  16. Jets Mark Loane (55)

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    It was 3rd hand info so can't it would be locked in stone. I could understand it though. Was dominant in Premier Rugby and others were picked ahead of him for contracts.
  17. elementfreak Trevor Allan (34)

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    He's done his ACL so I don't think we'll see him this year.
  18. Eyes and Ears Arch Winning (36)

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    back for NRC?
  19. elementfreak Trevor Allan (34)

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    Aiming for it, but he is getting surgery in about a month apparently so who knows.
  20. Done that Ron Walden (29)

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    If it's a torn ACL that's the end of his season.

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