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Possible All Blacks vs Wallabies - The Rugby Championship Decider

  • Possible All Blacks vs Wallabies - The Rugby Championship Decider

The Rugby Championship decider takes place this coming weekend with the Wallabies hosting the All Blacks, but we must remember that the All Blacks' selectors promised we would see everyone from their extended Rugby World Cup squad, playing for the All Blacks before the final Rugby World Cup squad is announced, so will they experiment against the Wallabies, even if it means sacrificing the Rugby Championship title?


Historically, the Rugby Championship winner has never won the Rugby World Cup in the same year, but given that the likes of Colin Slade, Beauden Barrett, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Malakai Fekitoa, Julian Savea, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Matt Todd and Hika Elliot don't seem to have been given much gametime, will we expect to see most of these guys start against the Wallabies in such an important game?


The trouble is that it would mean benching or completely leaving out the likes of Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Dane Coles, Dan Carter, Conrad Smith and even Ben Smith from the team to play the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship decider.  Surely, even though it is a shortened Rugby Championship, the All Blacks will want to play their best team against the Wallabies this weekend!

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There is another opportunity, with a repeat fixture against the Wallabies, which could give some of the newbies a chance, but there is a real balancing act, because there are always such high standards placed on the All Blacks and so, they must reach those high levels and win every game.  That is what is demanded of this team.


It would also be great to see some of the young guys given a chance to make a late push for inclusion in the Rugby World Cup squad.  The problem is that the likes of Dan Carter get better the more they play.  


With the back-up option of the friendly after The Rugby Championship, we could see some players given a game then with less at stake, although selectors may want to see how some of the new players go under pressure.


We are picking the All Blacks selectors to play it safe in the Rugby Championship decider, before giving some new faces a run and some older faces a chance to return from injury in the final warm-up game before the Rugby World Cup 2015. 


Thoughts on my possible All Blacks team to face the Wallabies?


All Blacks vs Wallabies  - The Rugby Championship Decider

15. Ben Smith

14. Charles Piutau

13. Conrad Smith

12. Malakai Fekitoa

11. Julian Savea

10. Dan Carter

9. Aaron Smith

8. Kieran Read

7. Richie McCaw

6. Jerome Kaino 

5. Sam Whitelock

4. Luke Romano

3. Owen Franks

2. Dane Coles

1. Wyatt Crockett


Reserves

16. Keven Mealamu

17. Tony Woodcock

18. Ben Franks

19. Jeremy Thrush

20. Victor Vito

21. TJ Perenara

22. Beauden Barrett

23. Sonny Bill Williams


The following game vs the Wallabies, we should see the likes of Barrett, Slade or Sopoaga start at Number 10, Vito and Cane start in the loose forwards, either Taylor or Elliot at hooker, Crotty and/or SBW in the midfield, Laulala to potentially get a start etc. The amazing thing about the All Blacks depth is that even the so called second stringers are quality players in most positions.  Expect Kerr-Barlow and Sam Cane to get minutes in the second match against Australia.


Potential All Blacks vs Wallabies 2nd test 


15. Israel Dagg 

14. Nehe Milner Skudder

13. Malakai Fekitoa

12. Sonny Bill Williams

11. Julian Savea

10. Beauden Barrett

9. Tawera Kerr Barlow

8. Victor Vito

7. Sam Cane

6. Liam Messam

5. James Broadhurst

4. Jeremy Thrush

3. Nepo Laulala

2. Codie Taylor

1. Tony Woodcock


Reserves

16. Hika Elliot

17. Wyatt Crockett

18. Ben Franks

19. Luke Romano

20. Matt Todd

21. TJ Perenara

22. Colin Slade

23. Ma'a Nonu

               

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