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Post by Rob B on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 5:23 am

There is some talk in the press about a possible rugby match between the Lions and a combined NZ and OZ XV (ANZAC) to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Gallipoli. The Lions never play at "home" but the thinking is a game at Twickenham. That would be quite a unique event attracting huge interest.

Who would make this side in your view?

My XV is (assuming it is played this year, rather than try and guess who will be around in 3 years time):

1. O. Franks (NZ)
2. K. Mealamu (NZ)
3. T. Woodcock (NZ)
4. N. Sharpe (Aust)
5. S. Whitelock (NZ)
6. S Higginbotham (Aust)
7. D. Pocock (Aust)
8. K. Read (NZ)

9. W. Genia (Aust)
10. D. Carter (NZ)
11. D. Ioane (Aust)
12. SB. Williams (NZ)
13. C. Smith (NZ)
14. AAC (Aust)
15. K. Beale (Aust)




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Post by disneychilly on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 9:25 am

Mate a lot of the Kiwis in there will have retired or in SBW's case maybe switched codes by then. You could probably omit Mealamu, Carter and Conrad Smith in 2015. The game looks a great idea. Shame it couldn't be played on ANZAC Day itself. Imagine packing out the Galatasaray stadium in Istanbul for it!

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Post by ScarletSpiderman on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 9:39 am

disneychilly wrote:or in SBW's case maybe switched codes by then.

He will be due his debut game of soccer around that time.
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Post by Bullsbok on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 10:07 am

1. Benn Alexander
2. K. Mealamu (NZ)
3. T. Woodcock (NZ)
4. N. Sharpe (Aust)
5. S. Whitelock (NZ)
6. S Higginbotham (Aust)
7. D. Pocock (Aust)
8. K. Read (NZ)

9. W. Genia (Aust)
10. D. Carter (NZ)
11. D. Ioane (Aust)
12. James O connor (Aus)
13. C. Smith (NZ)
14. Izzy Dagg (NZ)
15. K. Beale (Aust)

That backline would be one to fear
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Post by ChequeredJersey on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 10:16 am

JOC has got to start in the backline. Doesn't matter where. If Carter's not there, Cruden at 10. If Smith's retired, AAC at 13
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Post by The Loaded Dog on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 10:28 am

Did anyone hear the rumour today about Brett Stewart possibly signing up for London Irish for 3 and a half big ones?

His contract with Manly Sea Eagles expires at the end of this season. Don't know if he played union in the Illawarra where he grew up... he possibly did? He certainly has all the skills of a great running player and would be a thrill to watch. 116 tries in 146 games and about 60 tries in 65 appearances on his home ground.

Personally, I think he's lost some speed and elusiveness since his knee injuries. Probably at his peak in 2008. Still, I could see him creating havoc in loose play and terrorising the opposition.

So maybe by 2015 - he may be an outside bolter for fullback or a wing position. Wink
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Post by Full Credit on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 10:36 am

I never really rated Brett Stewart but that's probably due in large part to my irrational, uncontrollable hatred of all things Manly.

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Post by The Loaded Dog on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 10:42 am

Well that's your problem isn't it FC? Wink

He's a great player who's done some unbelievably freakish things. Only recently he seems to have lost some of it (he definitely seems slower) but then he can still pull off something special when Manly, NSW or Australia needs it. Very Happy
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Post by AsLongAsBut100ofUs on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 10:45 am

disneychilly wrote:Mate a lot of the Kiwis in there will have retired or in SBW's case maybe switched codes by then. You could probably omit Mealamu, Carter and Conrad Smith in 2015. The game looks a great idea. Shame it couldn't be played on ANZAC Day itself. Imagine packing out the Galatasaray stadium in Istanbul for it!

Jeebus, DC, that might be a bit (in-)sensitive!! Wink

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Post by ebop on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 10:52 am

Whoa, those are some good looking teams alright! Great concept to, hope it goes ahead. Imagine if we hadnt seperated all those millions of years ago, we'd rule the rugby world for sure.

Brett Stewart was/is good, infuriatingly good furious (warriors supporter here, flipping manly!!).
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Post by Full Credit on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 11:00 am

That was a bit tongue in cheek LB. While they are probably my least favourite side, there's really only a couple in the team that bug me.

The guy's obviously a very talented footballer who's had it pretty rough off the field so to come back and still have the goods is to be commended. I must admit I haven't watched too many Sea Eagles games this year so I don't know what sort of nick he's in but he's been a strong performer for a long time now. Obviously I'd get behind him if he's wearing the green and gold! (but you can keep him if he's in the sky blue or maroon and white boxing )

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Post by The Loaded Dog on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 11:06 am

It's just when you say your "irrational, uncontrollable hatred of all things Manly" I tend to overlook the "irrational" bit.

I was born in Manly. Laugh
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Post by Full Credit on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 11:21 am

Fair enough mate. My dislike started back in school when they had that purple patch and won the minor premiership a few years straight and a Manly supporter mate of mine would be constantly in my ear about it. I guess it's stayed with me.

Last year's final was conflicting in the extreme. I didn't really want either Manly or NZ to win it but I found myself reluctantly going for the eagles if only to keep the trophy on this side of the ditch. We can't have the kiwi's winning every rugby related trophy.

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Re: ANZAC Team to play Lions in 2015?

Post by Rob B on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 12:46 pm

disneychilly wrote:Mate a lot of the Kiwis in there will have retired or in SBW's case maybe switched codes by then. You could probably omit Mealamu, Carter and Conrad Smith in 2015. The game looks a great idea. Shame it couldn't be played on ANZAC Day itself. Imagine packing out the Galatasaray stadium in Istanbul for it!

That's why I said assuming played now rather than guess who is around in 3 years

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Post by Rob B on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 12:51 pm

Bullsbok wrote:1. Benn Alexander
2. K. Mealamu (NZ)
3. T. Woodcock (NZ)
4. N. Sharpe (Aust)
5. S. Whitelock (NZ)
6. S Higginbotham (Aust)
7. D. Pocock (Aust)
8. K. Read (NZ)

9. W. Genia (Aust)
10. D. Carter (NZ)
11. D. Ioane (Aust)
12. James O connor (Aus)
13. C. Smith (NZ)
14. Izzy Dagg (NZ)
15. K. Beale (Aust)

That backline would be one to fear

That's a good side - except Ben Alexander - he is a major scrum penalty risk. His collapse after being on the field for 2 minutes handed the game to Scotland. And he conceded scrum collapse penalties in both of his cameos against Wales.

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Post by timhen on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 2:11 pm

Is there a suggestion of timing for this? Can't see ANZAC wanting to risk their players and preparation in the lead up to the WC or get in the way of Super Rugby & The Rugby Championship, so end of the year staying on after the WC? The problem being that that is around the same time as the initial rounds of the HC.

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Post by ChequeredJersey on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 2:20 pm

I imagine it would be after the RWC. Maybe literally straight after? There might have to be compensation of the HEC teams losing players
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Post by pete (buachaill on eirne) on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 4:34 pm

If it was a quad nations tournament would that change the team much?

Would any Pumas make the team at all??

My team personally

Franks-DuPlessis-Woodcock
Sharpe-Whitelock
Alberts-Read-Pocock
Genia-Carter
JOC-Fourie
Ioane-Beale-Dagg

Mealamu-Alexander-The Beast-Horwill-McCaw-Hougaard-Cooper-SBW

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Post by mzan on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 5:09 pm

ANZAC is not to be confused with SANZAR pete, it's just Australia & NZ, so no SA or Argentina.

It's meant to commemorate the 100th anniversery of Gallipoli and the efforts of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) there.

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Post by pete (buachaill on eirne) on Fri 22 Jun 2012, 5:13 pm

Yeah I know was just wondering if it was a Quad Nations team how many Argies and Saffas would make it, it seems fairly dominated by the Kiwi's IMO.

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Post by disneychilly on Mon 25 Jun 2012, 9:15 am

AsLongAsBut100ofUs wrote:
disneychilly wrote:Mate a lot of the Kiwis in there will have retired or in SBW's case maybe switched codes by then. You could probably omit Mealamu, Carter and Conrad Smith in 2015. The game looks a great idea. Shame it couldn't be played on ANZAC Day itself. Imagine packing out the Galatasaray stadium in Istanbul for it!

Jeebus, DC, that might be a bit (in-)sensitive!! Wink

I dunno mate, the Turks are ok with us flooding Gallipoli every year. The relationship there is pretty good really and they'd probably go out of their way to help us commemorate it really well. I was there for ANZAC Day 2007 and that was the feeling I got. Was awesome and really important to me and the rest of the people in our group.

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Post by nganboy on Thu 28 Jun 2012, 5:48 am

All patched up between us and the Turks

look at this. Really lovely inscription

http://rnzaf.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=armypreservation&action=display&thread=14595
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Post by dallym on Thu 28 Jun 2012, 5:55 am

Why weaken the All Blacks by adding australians into the side? Wink

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Post by nganboy on Thu 28 Jun 2012, 12:07 pm

If played this year I'd have

1. O. Franks (NZ)
2. K. Mealamu (NZ)
3. T. Woodcock (NZ)
4. N. Sharpe (Aus)
5. S. Whitelock (NZ)
6. R McCaw (NZ) (c)
7. D. Pocock (Aus)
8. K. Read (NZ)

9. W. Genia (Aus)
10. D. Carter (NZ)
11. D. Ioane (Aus)
12. J O'Connor (Aus)
13. C Smith (NZ)
14. C Jane(NZ)
15. K. Beale (Aus)

16 B Franks (NZ)
17 A Hore (NZ)
18 B Retallick (NZ)
19 S Higginbottom (Aus)
20 A Smith (NZ)
21 A Cruden (NZ)
22 A Ashely Cooper (Aus)

9 NZ and 6 Aus starting
5 NZ and 2 Aus on the bench

A bit weak a lock but what a backline and look at the talent on the bench.

No room for Barnes, Dagg, Savea, Cooper, Vito etc
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Post by disneychilly on Thu 28 Jun 2012, 12:11 pm

I'm sure SBW would be picked to raise the game's profile.

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Post by Full Credit on Thu 28 Jun 2012, 3:00 pm

dallym wrote:Why weaken the All Blacks by adding australians into the side? Wink
We can't be too bad if you've taken one of our greatest players as your username.

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Post by disneychilly on Thu 28 Jun 2012, 3:27 pm

Full Credit wrote:
dallym wrote:Why weaken the All Blacks by adding australians into the side? Wink
We can't be too bad if you've taken one of our greatest players as your username.

Didn't he also play for NZ?

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Post by Full Credit on Thu 28 Jun 2012, 3:41 pm

Yeah he did. From what I can gather he played for NSW and Aus against NZ in union, then took up league and played against NZ and then with NZ on a tour to the UK. Then came back to Aus and played for the Kangaroos.

Obviously a very different era.

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Post by disneychilly on Thu 28 Jun 2012, 3:48 pm

He's definitely done more for you blokes so you can have him. If you keep Russell Crowe. Though considering old Rusty is an All Black supporter and that his cousins played test cricket for NZ, as well as him being an absolute bumstick, I can understand why you wouldn't want to.

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Post by Full Credit on Thu 28 Jun 2012, 3:54 pm

Russell Crowe, that's a big ask. As long as we have Phar Lap and Pavlova then we can probably settle on it.

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Post by maestegmafia on Thu 28 Jun 2012, 9:32 pm

Sounds like a memorable way to commemorate a worthy cause.

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Post by nganboy on Tue 03 Jul 2012, 2:59 am

If you Aussies could just take back all your possums that would be great!
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