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  1. Joe Moody (27)
  2. Codie Taylor (18)
  3. Owen Franks (93)
  4. Brodie Retallick (63)
  5. Samuel Whitelock (87)
  6. Jerome Kaino (80)
  7. Sam Cane (43)
  8. Kieran Read (99) - Captain
  9. Aaron Smith (61)
  10. Beauden Barrett (52)
  11. Julian Savea (53)
  12. Ngani Laumape (1)
  13. Anton Lienert-Brown (12)
  14. Israel Dagg (64)
  15. Jordie Barrett (1)

Reserves:

  1. Nathan Harris (7)
  2. Wyatt Crockett (61)
  3. Charlie Faumuina (49)
  4. Scott Barrett (7)
  5. Ardie Savea (15)
  6. TJ Perenara (32)
  7. Aaron Cruden (49)
  8. Malakai Fekitoa (23)

Lions

  1. Mako Vunipola
  2. Jamie George
  3. Tadhg Furlong
  4. Maro Itoje
  5. Alun Wyn Jones
  6. Sam Warburton (captain)
  7. Sean O'Brien
  8. Taulupe Faletau
  9. Conor Murray
  10. Johnny Sexton
  11. Elliot Daly
  12. Owen Farrell
  13. Jonathan Davies
  14. Anthony Watson
  15. Liam Williams.

Resserves:

  1. Ken Owens
  2. Jack McGrath
  3. Kyle Sinckler
  4. Courtney Lawes
  5. CJ Stander
  6. Rhys Webb
  7. Ben Te'o
  8. Jack Nowell

(booboos original post follows)


Flush the dunny.

ABs will be forced into more changes in the backs anyway.

Forwards should stay the same. And forwards bench unlikely to change.

Backs well ...

We'll be without Bender and SBW, probably Naholo and maybe Crotty still.

If Crotty is close to better they'll bring him in, but assuming he's not, and assuming all foyr as above are out what's your plan?

For me, given hiw Laumape went I'm starting him at 12.

Can Rieko play 14 (With Jules to 11)? I'm thinking of leaving him at 11 though and moving Izzy back to 14, with JB to 15.

Would give serious consideration to JB kicking.

Would need to find a new benchie. Does Julianuary offer enough cover from the bench? Would mean Rieko or maybe JB covering midfield.

Next in line appears to be Goodhue. Dmac could have a claim at that given both are injury replacements. Or have I forgotten someone?

As for the Lions I'd suggest lawes to start ... but am not really fussed about them. They'll be strong regardless.

Once again it will be as absolute war. If it's 15 on 15 for me is a 50:50 prospect.

It was funny watching yesterday as usually you have this feeling that the ABs just need to get some possession and they'll start to roll over the top. Just didn't get that impression yesterday. Although that may have been due to the numerical disadvantage.

Poite is likely to be weird but less weird than Garces. Of the two am pleased that he and not the other is reffing the decider. I'd prefer just about anyone else but is the lesser of the two evils.

We'll be interesting. Lions playing good rugby to come back into that game and deserve massive credit. I still think Warren G is a massive dick and hope he loses.

And hope the good guys win and send the chippy Pom Islanders home with their tails between their legs.

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3 votes as usual.

Jun
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Forwards

Loosehead Hooker Tighthead Locks Blindside Openside No 8
Moody Coles Franks Retallick Kaino Cane Read
Crockett Taylor Ofa Tu'ungafasi Whitelock Big Gap Todd Big Gap (Kaino can fill in here)
Hames Harris Nepo Laulala Big gap Ioane Savea Squire
Manu Coltman Jeffery Toomaga-Allen S Barrett Squire Gibson Ioane
Lienert-Brown Parsons Siate Tokolahi Romano Fifita Dillon Hunt Whitelock
Ofa Tu'ungafasi Funnell Atu Moli Scrafton Mitchell Brown K Pryor Shields/Messam
Mitchell Graham GPT Sione Mafileo Franklin D Pryor Savea
Reg Goodes Riccitelli Fatialofa Lentjes
Hodgman Dixon Bird Boshier
Aki Seiuli Adrian Smith Tuipulotu

Backs

Halfback 10 12 13 Wings Fullback
Smith Beauden Barrett SBW ALB Dagg Smith
TJP Lima Sopoaga Crotty Crotty Ioane Dagg
Weber Richie Mo'unga Laumape Goodhue Naholo Jordie Barrett
Pulu Mitchell Hunt ALB Fekitoa (might be gone) Smith DMac
Drummond Ihaia West Moala Ioane Nanai Nanai
Hall Otere Black Buckman Moala Aso Havili
Stephen Perofeta Faiane Aso Savea NMS
Hayden Parker Ngatai Procter Duffie Stevenson
Bryn Gatland Aso Vaega Stevenson
Faauli Tamanivalu NMS (low b/c injuries)
Havili
Thompson

Who are the top 2018 available players in each position? Ranked from 1 to 10? I will edit this thread to keep it up to date with the fern consensus.

Lets start with LH props.

  1. Moody
  2. Crockett - 35 next January, when will he retire?
  3. Hames? Wasn't good against Lions, gives away a lot of penalties, contribution around the field so, so.
  4. Manu. Inconsistent scrummaging, was playing well before this year's injury. Gets injured quite a bit. Been in AB environment.
  5. Lienert-Brown. Test possibility or journeyman?
  6. Ofa Tu'ungafasi
  7. Mitchell Graham (out for season)
  8. Reg Goodes (out for season)
  9. Hodgman
  10. Aki Seiuli

Up and comers and youngsters:

Who are they? Hodgman looks good, hopefully he will injury free next year. Lindenmuth was good for the U20s, but it takes quite a while to mature as a prop.

Jun
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  1. Joe Moody
  2. Codie Taylor
  3. Owen Franks
  4. Brodie Retallick
  5. Samuel Whitelock
  6. Jerome Kaino
  7. Sam Cane
  8. Kieran Read (c)
  9. Aaron Smith
  10. Beauden Barrett
  11. Rieko Ioane
  12. Sonny Bill Williams
  13. Anton Lienert-Brown
  14. Waisake Naholo
  15. Israel Dagg

Reserves:

  1. Nathan Harris
  2. Wyatt Crockett
  3. Charlie Faumuina
  4. Scott Barrett
  5. Ardie Savea
  6. TJ Perenara
  7. Aaron Cruden
  8. Ngani Laumape

Lions

  1. Mako Vunipola
  2. Jamie George
  3. Tadhg Furlong
  4. Maro Itoje
  5. Alun Wyn Jones
  6. Sam Warburton (capt)
  7. Sean O’Brien
  8. Taulupe Faletau
  9. Conor Murray
  10. Johnny Sexton
  11. Elliot Daly
  12. Owen Farrell
  13. Jonathan Davies
  14. Anthony Watson
  15. Liam Williams

Reserves:

  1. Ken Owens
  2. Jack McGrath
  3. Kyle Sinckler
  4. Courtney Lawes
  5. CJ Stander
  6. Rhys Webb
  7. Ben Te’o
  8. Jack Nowell

[edit: Booboo's original post follows]


Anyone know when the team is nam...

Ok. Sorry.

Thought we had better have a new match thread. First test is ancient history. And whilst we've still got the Canes tomorrow and some of this has been discussed in the Test 1 thread I don't think it's too early to start to focus on Saturday with a dedicated thread.

First: us.

So Crotty is out. Simple fix: ALB to 13.

I believe JK is ok so he stays at 6.

Is there a final word on Ben Smith yet? For me I'm thinking Izzy drops back to 15, Naholo to 14, JB to 23.

Everyone else as they were.

There's been some talk of BB at 15. Can't say I'm a fan.

Do we need to change up tactics? Do anything different? Expect anything different?

As for them:

What do they change?

Drop the box kick?

Personnel? Start Itoje or Laws? Sinckler for something different?

What else can they do?

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