ABs name team for game against France

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Nov 18, 2021, 20:52

1 Joe Moody (56)
2 Dane Coles (79)
3 Nepo Laulala (39)
4 Brodie Retallick (91)
5 Samuel Whitelock (131) – captain
6 Akira Ioane (12)
7 Sam Cane (76)
8 Ardie Savea (59)
9 Aaron Smith (101)
10 Richie Mo'unga (31)
11 George Bridge (18)
12 Quinn Tupaea (6)
13 Rieko Ioane (46)
14 Will Jordan (12)
15 Jordie Barrett (35)

16 Samisoni Taukei'aho (8)
17 George Bower (10)
18 Ofa Tuungafasi (43)
19 Tupou Vaa'i (10)
20 Shannon Frizell (16)
21 Brad Weber (16)
22 Damian McKenzie (39)
23 David Havili (14)

Nov 18, 2021, 20:59

Changes in the pack and the backs. In the loose forwards Cane, Ardie and Akira get the start and Frizell is on the bench. In the backs A. Smith will be at 9 and that will make a big difference; Richie gets the start with Bridge (they had to give him some game tine. Tupaea  gets a start at 12 he's a young bloke who needs the experience and ALB is injured. Hopefully the ABs have enough in the tank to get the job done, it's been a long stretch.

Nov 18, 2021, 21:01

Huge game for Mo’unga, can he produce the goods.

Nov 18, 2021, 21:24

Geez they change their centres, loose trio and 10 so often

Nov 18, 2021, 22:58

I agree Moz, Mo'unga needs to re-assert himself. I would also like to see him handle a rush defense. So far it's not clear how he would do with that level of pressure.

Nov 18, 2021, 23:08

True Saffex, the mid-field is far from settled. Tupaea is very green so we'll see what he can do. 

Nov 19, 2021, 00:30

This match is going to be interesting. I’m looking forward to it :) 

Nov 19, 2021, 01:10

Just win Ive been bashing on about centre play for months.

Given the structured defences these days it’s virtually impossible for centres to make a regular impression. Space to attack and create magic have all but been snuffed out

With that coaches keep trying different players at centre as none make a lasting impression.

The only regular centre pair we see these days are the Bok pair. There are a few clowns on here who don’t see the merits of these two, in particular de Allende. His freakish strength carries the side forward in traffic, with Am providing the brains. Both highly skilled but honed to operating in traffic

Nov 19, 2021, 07:02

Just Win, I have always rated Ritchie Mo'unga. He's a play maker and game changer type when he hits form. Good choice against France, I think.

Just a clip on his style :


Nov 20, 2021, 00:11

Seb, that's a very good highlight reel. I think he'll come right and perform, he has the talent he has to get used to the pace and pressure brought by the top tier one teams. Good prep for the RWC.

Nov 20, 2021, 07:16

JW if the French have a decent pack your team could be in trouble. 

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