World Cup Draft

Discussion in 'Rugby Union Discussion' started by Howe, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. HeathDavisSpeed HT Davis

    I don't trust the Poms to play a consistent back line during the opening stages.

    Risky, but I'll take Wesley Fofana. More likely to play than Rene Labrat anyway... Surely...
  2. Hurricane JD Hurricane

    Nice pick I may target some of the French later in the draft. I seriously considered the English wingers then remembered one of them is johnny may so decided against it. I am not happy with either of my wingers Milner skudder may not get any starts and he is a gamble but I knew rego would take him shortly. George North plays for a team who play ten man rugby but I figured he will start every game and may get through some tackles if nothing else.
  3. Hurricane JD Hurricane

    Wales have a very expensive and somewhat ridiculous preparation. They have done high altitude training in Switzerland and then went to Qatar or one of those countries to run around in the sand in 40 degree heat. Why is anyone's question I expect other teams will be less extravagant and do much better.
  4. HeathDavisSpeed HT Davis

    George North has problems with concussions which is what put me off him. One knock on the head, and he could miss most of the tournament.
  5. Howe JHF Howe

    Paul O'Connell
  6. Weeman27bob BE Force

    Eben Etzebeth
  7. Hurricane JD Hurricane

    Yeah I saw an article about concussion but didn't click on it. What discouraged me from picking him more than anything is that Wales don't run back kicks through their wingers instead they just boot it back to you. Yeah maybe a bad pick but I am not too fussed.
  8. Rego RS Hutchinson

    Argh you know me too well. I was looking at picking him up a lil later on. It's still not definite that he'll make the squad, regardless that he should.
  9. HeathDavisSpeed HT Davis

    Certainly not a bad pick based on what I've seen of him. Given his bulk, they can use him as a bonus forward I guess. Useful at ruck time even if he's not receiving the ball out wide.

    Not sure what's happened to Wales though, they used to be ball-spreaders rather than kickers. Guess it must be their strength these days?
  10. Howe JHF Howe

    Their strength is using the size of their backs to break the gainline, they just refuse to do so from within their own half. And the 10 that Gatland wants to use as a flat distributor to use Roberts/Davies/North is Preistland and he keeps falling to pieces. So they play Biggar who is primarily a defensive 10.
  11. Hurricane JD Hurricane

    Great post. Your rugby knowledge is excellent.
  12. Hurricane JD Hurricane

    About 5 years ago under the same coach they weren't too bad. I was appalled by that England Wales game I saw in the 6 Nations. Wales had this glittering backline and didn't want to use them. Appalling tactics. Still Wales' defence and positional management makes them hard to score against. If they had a 7 who wasn't Warburton they could be a factor. I have Warburton down as the worst number 7 out of the top ten teams. England and France you name it they all have better 7s.

    Anyway all those insults aside - I still think Wales will be too much for Australia. Or more accurately I don't think australia know what they are doing.
  13. Hurricane JD Hurricane

    Shall we just give up on this? I declare myself the victor based on my advanced analysis of the picks so far.
  14. Howe JHF Howe

    Alex skipped. Rego to pick.
  15. Howe JHF Howe

    Rego skipped. Vimes double pick
  16. Hurricane JD Hurricane

    C'mon lads.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2015
  17. Magrat Garlick M Garlick

    Pascal Papé
    Bryan Habana
  18. Hurricane JD Hurricane

    Howe you are up again (Rego and Alex are auto skipped)
  19. Rego RS Hutchinson

    Purely based on the fact he'll get plenty of game time: (only 2 HB's in Aus squad)

    Will Genia

    Also apologies, was in a location with no signal at all for the last couple of days (thought there would be).
  20. Magrat Garlick M Garlick

    You've even got a 2nd pick to catch up I believe

    Round 6

    Hurricane - George North
    Heef - Wesley Fofana
    Howe - Paul O'Connell
    Weeman - Eben Etzebeth
    Alex - skipped
    Rego - Will Genia
    Vimes - Pascal Papé

    Round 7

    Vimes - Bryan Habana
    Rego - up
    Alex - up
    Weeman - up
    Howe -
    Heef -
    Hurricane -

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