Nathan Sharpe (72)
Quinn Tupaea confirmed as requiring surgery, expected to be out for nine months. Big ask to then get match fit & back in form in time for RWC.
Also think Taylor is a good scrumming hooker, maybe best of the lot. It's something that is too often overlooked, it's not just props in front row who have to put pressure on other front row.I really don't think there's much between Aumua and Taylor.
Both have lineout wobbles. Aumua at this stage of his career has the greater upside but Taylor has been there and done that before whereas Aumua has never really shone at test level in his limited chances.
Aumua has had a very good NPC but he's had very good NPCs before and not kicked on.
I suspect Foz prefers Taylor and his 70+ test experience.
Will be a chance for Flanders and Lakai to make the step up, both pretty capable looking boys.ASav will take a sabbatical after RWC but return in time for the 2024 international season.
Arguibly the All Blacks best player so far this year, the star No. 8 will play in Japan for a good chunk of 2024.www.stuff.co.nz
Seems ABs are without a few players for some of NH trip, Barrett brothers not going as yet, family bereavement, Sam W picked up an ijury so maybe out up until Welsh test, and Fakatava's knee is playing up so he out, and Will Jordan crocked.
D Mac and Brad Weber moving up to ABs, not sure about Barretts, think they joining after or at Japan, and whther they are taking cover for Sam W