All Blacks midfield

With Conrad Smith back in action last week for Wellington, some injury concerns the All Blacks had about their tour may have been eased. Some may not.
Richard Kahui and Isaia Toeava are out for the tour... and Luke McAlister may well join them this very week.

Who's then, ready to travel northwards? Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith, for sure.
Who else? Well, there's plenty to choose from: Tamati Ellison from Wellington, and Shoemark and Kawau from Southland also deserve a close look at them. Canterbury provide a few names; with Laulala leaving NZRU he misses what would have been a certain selection but still, Ryan Crotty, Tim Bateman and even Stephen Brett could fill the 12 position.

Plenty to choose from, actually. But who's going to be besides Nonu and Smith?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That would depend on Graham Henry sees in his classroom as players who will listen, do their homework, and follow his directions.
That is why poor old Piri Weepu never graduated.
I'd say Bateman and Brett would be in contention and maybe Ellison.
I think the more interesting depth is at wing.
Who adnm for how long will the Fijian twins hold down the eleven and fourteen jerseys?