Discussion in 'New Zealand Warriors and NZRL' started by Shaun Hewitt, Jun 20, 2016.
But what does he offer, how does he improve our team
He offers up an average of 5 missed tackles per game. He doesn't improve the team at all.
He is not NRL standard.
Pretty good fit then?
I'm expecting while he doesn't improve the team, he doesn't make it worse either lol
Afoa is a small prop. That's his problem, his D isn't flash enough in the second row, and doesn't have the attack to worry anyone with skills, pace etc.. Would be a real negative for the side if he snags the 12 jersey, would be a passenger. I think Kearney likes the 2 tries he scored on debut, so thinks he's an attacking back rower or something.
At prop he just doesn't make any impact. I don't know what you do with him, tell him to get fat in reserve grade? His motor is pretty good but it's all he offers currently.
and on cue afoa has been named in the starting line up this week
Lets not forget Kata and Marshmallow. Gah!
Apparently SBW has been told by theAll Blacks he isn't in their plans for next year so as soon as Super Rugby is done he will be in a Roosters jersey
What’s the bet he’ll be replaced by a former Warrior in Laumape
I'd be surprised if they told him that for a RWC year (depth counts, even if he's not the 1st or 2nd choice at 12 - having a 3rd and 4th quality option at a position literally won the ABs the cup 7 years ago...).
The year after? Sure.
No chance. For so many reasons.
I don't really watch rugby anymore, but did get the impression that he has a fairly poor year this season so maybe they want to look elsewhere and build up other options pre World Cup ? Don't know
He was spotted having a few meeting with Nick Politis over the summer though so may be something to it
Here is the link btw
Your source doesn't have any direct quotes from SBW himself or Khoder.
Did you see this article as well?
It's link was on the same page you provided.
I'm not sure that direct quotes from either of them would be worth anything anyway tbh
I hope the rumour is wrong, quite happy not having to watch the guy and not have the circus surrounding him in the NRL
A few other outlets are reporting it as a done deal as well so will have to wait and see. If it does come off it shows what a face the current cap and TPA is for certain teams
I call BS
All Blacks never say that about any player
It is unusual. Hansen backed SBW last year even when the country called for his head. Most of them just flat out hate the guy no matter what he does. Anyway, for Hansen and co to now ditch SBW would look pretty stupid considering he's a guy they chased and went through the mud with. Overall he's been really good for the All Blacks IMO. I'd love to see him at the Warriors not the Roosters.
Maybe if the story has any legs, it's a case of SBW approaching them saying I have this offer and wanting guarantees going forward that they weren't prepared to give him
I'm a big rugby guy, and it just doesn't hold up in sensibility nor how the All Blacks operate. SBW had a pretty good year last year, if you ignore his unholy brain snaps in the Lions Test being sent off (and arguably costing us the series) then the penalty try v whoever it was on the Europe tour. He was defensively epic all year. And even if they decide he's not the starting midfielder, and Laumape/Crotty are, there's not a lot of quality depth around. Crotty is massively injury prone too. I would be flabbergasted if Hansen said anything of the sort, in fact I'd be certain he'll come out and completely deny it soon.
Yeah I don't believe at all that Hansen has said that to him with a world cup now looming and a lack of depth in the midfield.
As already noted, they stuck with SBW through thick and thin last year.
Maybe, maybe, they want to look to installing Laumape as the starting 12, but undoubtedly he'd be a certainty in the World Cup squad at minimum.
Now if the Roosters offered up a bunch of their unlimited cap to him then that's another story and is entirely realistic.
Yeah, I am not buying it - no player is ever guaranteed an AB spot, nor do they tend to rule them out, especially in a WC season - more is better then - if he's going I imagine there's more to it
Laumape has not overtaken SBW yet IMO, and as PW notes while Crotty is a class act he does get hurt a lot -
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