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RWC Squads

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Steve Williams (59)
France (via TheFrog):

Props: Ben Arous, Debaty, Slimani, Mas, Atonio

Hookers: Guirado, Szarzewski, Kayser

Locks: Maestri, Papé, Flanquart

Flankers: Dusautoir (cap.), Le Roux, Nyanga, Ouedraogo

Number 8s: Picamoles, Chouly

Scrum-halves: Tillous-Borde, Parra, Kockott

Fly-halves: Michalak, Talès

Centres: Fofana, Bastareaud, Dumoulin, Fickou

Wingers: Huget, Nakaitaci, Guitoune

Full-backs: Spedding, Dulin

Hugh Jarse

Rocky Elsom (76)
Staff member
Um.. Elton Jantjies? Where are all the black locks.

NZL has got all the Whitelocks: Sam, George, Adam and Luke.

We have a few Blacklocks. Nathan Blacklock has gone back to mungoball after a couple of years at the Waratahs.
Meanwhile Aaron and Nick Blacklock are up and coming talent at the Mighty Parramatta 2 Blues in Shute Shield footy, and they are not available for Saffer duty.


Allen Oxlade (6)
England 2015 Rugby World Cup squad


Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 51 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 32 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 22 caps)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 43 caps)


Jamie George (Saracens, 1 cap)
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 13 caps)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 23 caps)

Second rows

George Kruis (Saracens, 8 caps)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 23 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 39 caps)
Geoff Parling (Exeter Chiefs, 24 caps)

Back rows

James Haskell (Wasps, 60 caps)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 28 caps)
Chris Robshaw (captain, Harlequins, 38 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 18 caps)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 37 caps)

Scrum halves

Danny Care (Harlequins, 52 caps)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 22 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 48 caps)

Fly halves

Owen Farrell (Saracens, 30 caps)
George Ford (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)


Brad Barritt (Saracens, 22 caps)
Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby, 1 cap)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap)

Back three

Mike Brown (Harlequins, 38 caps)
Alex Goode (Saracens, 18 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 15 caps)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 9 caps)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)


Frank Row (1)
2 out of the 4 engblish centres are noobs to test rugby? Mmm.... I thought in RWCs , the winners are typically highly capped teams


Tom Lawton (22)
True, but I doubt they will be the starters. Slade is probably a better 12 than Barritt, but plays 10 or 13 more often. So I suspect the starters will be Barritt and Joseph.


Tom Lawton (22)
I'd certainly pick Slade over Barritt. I doubt Lancaster will, unless he has some stormers in the pool stages of course. From the squad my 15 would be:

1. Marler
2. Youngs/George (Who ever throws better in training)
3. Cole
4. Lawes
5. Launchbury/Kruis (depending on Launchbry finding some form after so long off)
7. Robshaw
8. Morgan
9. Care/Youngs (neither are consistent enough to nail anything down)
10. Ford
11. Watson
12. Slade
13. Joseph
15. Brown


Peter Johnson (47)
The English squad looks strong but not as strong as it potentially could have been. Their centres dont exactly strike fear in your heart. Manu Tuilagi was a big loss imo. Likewise if there was 1 forward i would have preferred to avoid it would be corbisiero. His absence, along with Hartley's absence, makes their front row stocks slightly less intimidating. Still strong though


Stirling Mortlock (74)
So Meyer doesn't pick Brussow, the best player vs NZ and has to settle for Kolisi. Fuck it would suck to be in his position.

Brumby Jack

Steve Williams (59)
Staff member
SA Squad in full:

Willem Alberts
Schalk Brit
Schalk Burger
Damian De Allende
Lood de Jager
Jean de Villiers (captain)
Bismarck du Plessis
Jannie du Plessis
Fourie du Preez
Pieter-Steph du Toit
Eben Etzebeth
Bryan Habana
Zane Kirchner
Siya Kolisi
Jesse Kriel
Patrick Lambie
Willie le Roux
Francois Louw
Frans Malherbe
Victor Matfield
Tendai Mtawarira
Lwazi Mvovo
Trevor Nyakane
Coenie Oosthuizen
Rudy Paige
Ruan Pienaar
JP Pietersen
Handré Pollard
Morné Steyn
Adriaan Strauss
Duane Vermeulen

waiopehu oldboy

Stirling Mortlock (74)
have i missed it ? have the AB's named their 31 yet, i thought it was supposed to be last Sunday

Tomorrow at 5:30 NZ to be exact.

In the lead-up to the announcement the to-be-taken-seriously rugby media (i.e. NOT the Herald :)) speculation has three main strands:

Only three locks with Vito & Kaino standing in v the minnows, this to allow a seventh loose forward & justified by 4th lock Boric's lack of game-time last Cup;

Only two halfbacks with Slade standing in v one or both minnows, this to allow for an extra outside back; that being:

Waisake Naholo who'll possibly be fit for the third & subsequent matches.

I'm sure these things get leaked so that public reaction can be gauged & the formidable PR machine pre-primed, but I'm equally sure there's always a red herring in there as well. My guesses are three locks yes, two halfbacks no (so no Slade, either) & Naholo also no as the initial "miracle recovery" story hasn't really been followed up on.

Toby Robson generally has pretty good sources, here's his 31:

Backs: Ben Smith, Julian Savea, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Charles Piutau, Malakai Fekitoa, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Tawera Kerr-Barlow.

Forwards: Dane Coles, Keven Mealamu, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Tony Woodcock, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Victor Vito, Liam Messam, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Richie McCaw (c), Kieran Read.


waiopehu oldboy

Stirling Mortlock (74)
So Meyer doesn't pick Brussow, the best player vs NZ and has to settle for Kolisi. Fuck it would suck to be in his position.

I haven't been onto their forum but PlanetRugby's front page is going off already, much of it unfavourably, take this guy for example:

"quotas rear it's ugly head, predictable, and dispicable, GO ALL BLACKS, screw the quota boks, and i don't care if it's only two quotas, one is too much"



Frank Row (1)
So Meyer doesn't pick Brussow, the best player vs NZ and has to settle for Kolisi. Fuck it would suck to be in his position.
Unbelievable that Brussouw would be left out for a no name. Not cricket
Brussouw is like a Pocock, hard and strong over the ball. Gaining penalties or the turnover. In RWC finals, the penalties are gold
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