Internationals Anzac Test Match 2016

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Never too early to make this thread. Who makes your team, Who has impressed you and who hasn't. Who is a chance of making their Kiwis debut. My team for the Anzac test match


1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Jason Nightingale
3. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
4. Dean Whare
5.. Curtis Rona
6. Kieran Foran
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Isaac Luke
10. Ben Matulino
11. Tohu Harris
12. Kevin Proctor
13. Simon Mannering

14. Kodi Nikorima
15. Martin Taupu
16. Sam Moa
17. Jason Taumalolo

Some really good players will be missing out, just to name a few. Also will be interesting to see who makes the Junior Kiwis squad some really good talent at that level.

1. Bradley Abbey/Kalyn Ponga
2. Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck
3. Joseph Manu
4. Chevi Ellis
5. Ken Tofilau
6. Ata Hingano
7. Jamayne Isaako
8. Zane Musgrove
9. Nathaniel Roache
10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
11. James Fisher-Harris
12. Esan Marsters
13. Isaac Crichton

14. Brandon Smith
15. Poasa Faamausili
16. Connor Purcell
17. Reuben Porter
 
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1. Tuivasa-Sheck - although his defence needs to shape up
2. Nightingale
3. Whare
4. Hiku
5. Kenny-Dowall/Rona
6. Foran
7. Johnson - although this is merely on reputation so far this season.
8. Bromwich
9. Luke
10. Open for now. On form - Paasi.
11. Proctor
12. Harris
13. Mannering

Bench:
14. Nikorima
15. Eastwood
16. Taumalolo
17. Taupau
 
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No Hiku in either side?
No unfortunately think there are better options available in the positions he plays in. Just highlights the growing player depth available to Kearney which is a huge positive.
 
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1. Tuivasa-Sheck - although his defence needs to shape up
2. Nightingale
3. Whare
4. Hiku
5. Kenny-Dowall/Rona
6. Foran
7. Johnson - although this is merely on reputation so far this season.
8. Bromwich
9. Luke
10. Open for now. On form - Paasi.
11. Proctor
12. Harris
13. Mannering

Bench:
14. Nikorima
15. Eastwood
16. Taumalolo
17. Taupau
Passi has ruled himself out of selection for the Kiwis and Tonga.
https://m.nrl.com/paasi-to-again-skip-tonga-test/tabid/10874/newsid/93524/default.aspx
 
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Kearny likes a ball playing forward when there is that option.

Pritchard in the past.

He commented on the Trimmed down 2016 version of Sam Kasiano on radio sport as someone who impressed him so far.
 
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Never too early to make this thread. Who makes your team, Who has impressed you and who hasn't. Who is a chance of making their Kiwis debut. My team for the Anzac test match


1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Jason Nightingale
3. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
4. Dean Whare
5.. Curtis Rona
6. Kieran Foran
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Isaac Luke
10. Ben Matulino
11. Tohu Harris
12. Kevin Proctor
13. Simon Mannering

14. Kodi Nikorima
15. Martin Taupu
16. Sam Moa
17. Jason Taumalolo
I really like this team but think I read somewhere can't remember where that Kearney likes to have an ball playing forward Pritchard was that in the past proberly that would fall to Tohu now.

Wouldn't change too much going on what will be avaliable at the time proberly the best team you could go with be interesting was the Roos do they start there youth movement or do they stick with the tried and true players which have lost the three games
 
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  1. Tuivasa-Sheck
  2. Rona
  3. Whare
  4. Hiku
  5. Kenny-Dowall
  6. Foran
  7. Johnson
  8. Matulino
  9. Luke
  10. Bromwich
  11. Proctor
  12. Mannering
  13. Taumalolo
  14. Nikorima
  15. Taupau
  16. Eastwood
  17. Harris
 
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I'd phase out Nightingale, he's still safe, but he's getting on and losing (lost) a step. DWZ time maybe.

Skinny Sam Kasiano, really like the look of him at the moment, Ben Matulino needs to pull finger when coming back from suspension.

Bodene Thompson and Alex Glenn playing really well ATM, but not easy to crack the back row.

Mal is just going name the Maroons team isn't he? with a couple of extra nsw forwards and a morris brother thrown in.
 
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Mal is just going name the Maroons team isn't he? with a couple of extra nsw forwards and a morris brother thrown in.
I don't think Brett Morris will be back from injury in time, so possibly just Josh at left centre (if Mal wants to pick him). Slater being out injured means GI will probably get the nod at fullback. It'll make for an interesting backline with no Slater or Hodges. Might even be a surprise pick in there somewhere.
 
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I'd phase out Nightingale, he's still safe, but he's getting on and losing (lost) a step. DWZ time maybe.

Skinny Sam Kasiano, really like the look of him at the moment, Ben Matulino needs to pull finger when coming back from suspension.
Nightingale is only 29. Speed has never been his greatest asset, he's never let the black jersey down. He deserves selection based on the fact he's the incumbent. The last three wins over Australia have been with him in the side.
 
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I don't think Brett Morris will be back from injury in time, so possibly just Josh at left centre (if Mal wants to pick him). Slater being out injured means GI will probably get the nod at fullback. It'll make for an interesting backline with no Slater or Hodges. Might even be a surprise pick in there somewhere.
Think the Australian team will be something like this.

Inglis
Boyd
Jennings
Chambers
J Morris
Thurston
Woods
Smith
Scott
Guera
Parker
Gallen

Thaiday
Tamou
Klemmer
Merrin
 
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Does Kearney try to monster the Kangroo's by assembling the most powerful forward pack he can. It must be said the Kangaroo's forwards are full of players at the back end of their careers now, Matt Scott, Greg Bird, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker, Luke Lewis, Nate Myles and Mel is renown for sticking solid with his players, so I wouldn't expect to many fresh faces.

8.J.Bromwich
9.I.Luke
10.B.Matulino
11.M.Taupau
12.J.Taumalolo
13.S.Taukeiaho

Bench.

15.S.Kasiano
16.J.Waerea Hargreaves
17.G.Eastwood
 
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Does Kearney try to monster the Kangroo's by assembling the most powerful forward pack he can. It must be said the Kangaroo's forwards are full of players at the back end of their careers now, Matt Scott, Greg Bird, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker, Luke Lewis, Nate Myles and Mel is renowned for sticking solid with his players, so I wouldn't expect to many fresh faces.

8.J.Bromwich
9.I.Luke
10.B.Matulino
11.M.Taupau
12.J.Taumalolo
13.S.Taukeiaho

Bench.

15.S.Kasiano
16.J.Waerea Hargreaves
17.G.Eastwood
JWH is out to round 11 I believe. Mannering will be in the side as Kearney has confirmed he will still be Kiwis captain. Are you expecting the likes of Taumalolo, Taupau and Taukeiaho to play long minutes. I would have Harris, Proctor and Mannering starting playing long minutes, with the likes of Taupau and Taumalolo coming of the bench, where they can be best utilised as high impact players in short bursts.
 
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JWH is out to round 11 I believe. Mannering will be in the side as Kearney has confirmed he will stil be Kiwis captain. Are you expecting the likes of Taumalolo, Taupau and Taukeiaho long minutes. I would have Harris, Proctor and Mannering starting playing long minutes, with the likes of Taupau and Taumalolo coming of the bench, where they can be best utilised as high impact players in short bursts. They can't be relied onto pla
Yeah I'm hearing you, I've just thrown these names together to exaggerate for effect how big and powerful our Kiwi's forward roster has become. Of course you couldn't have them all playing together, whose going to do all the small things the likes of Mannering, Proctor and Blair do in a game plus the additional minutes they play as you rightly point out.

I think now is the time to be testing the Kangaroo's forwards through the middle by using our bigger players, their pack isn't getting any younger. Our depth has never been stronger, Test match footy is always a battle of the forwards for territorial dominance and the right to spread the ball. We'll have spend as much time down their end as possible since Thurston & Cronk have the ball on a string.

Kearney needs to look at including as many meter eating power forwards as he can get into the game without upsetting the balance of the side too much. Taupau looked good against the tigers and played the full 80mins, Kasiano's dropped some weight but none of his power and is playing more minutes. Looking forward to seeing who rises to the top out of our forwards particularly over the next few rounds.
 
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I'd phase out Nightingale, he's still safe, but he's getting on and losing (lost) a step. DWZ time maybe.
He got run down on Sunday when he should have scored. Great player but losing too much pace.
Does Kearney try to monster the Kangroo's by assembling the most powerful forward pack he can.
Too right he does. That is always how we beat Aussie, up front, and always have done.
 
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If Manu was fit I'd have him in there, it is his best arena, he becomes the beast and is well defended paired with our center options.

The double up charges with Tapau really ruined the Roos game....broke them wide open.

I'd have both our long serving Wingmen till they fall, old school test Jumper thing.

Manu was one of the standouts last time....
 
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Imagine a NZA team
1. Beale
2. Feki
3. Takarangi
4. Simona
5. Winger from Canberra
6. Norman
7. Benji
8. Paasi
9. Mania
10. Frank Paul
11. Suaso Sue
12. Kenny Edwards
13. Tauke'aho
14. Nikorima
15. Lima
16. McKendry
17. Mau

Some depth the also Kenny Bromwich could add in some kiwi born Tongan or Samoan players could almost give Aussie a run I reckon
 
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1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
2. Curtis Rona.
3. Dean Whare.
4. Peta Hiku.
5. Jordan Kahu.
6. Shaun Johnson.
7. Kieran Foran.

8. Martin Taupau.
9. Issac Luke.
10. Jesse Bromwich.
11. Simon Mannering.
12. Kevin Proctor.
13. Jason Taumalolo.

14. Kodi Nikorima.
15. Ben Matulino.
16. Sam Moa.
17. Sio Suia Taukeiaho
 
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