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Post by wales606 on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 12:33 pm

Pick 5...
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Post by Biltong on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 12:35 pm

At this point I believe the Lock positions are open, very difficult to say who really and truly stands out.
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Post by wales606 on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 12:36 pm

Probably the best category for the northern hemisphere so far.

In fact, without Brad Thorn, I think the NH has the top two - Ritchie Gray and Paul O'Connell.
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Post by wales606 on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 12:37 pm

Also the only category New Zealand don't completely dominate. In fact, I didn't even vote for Whitelock in the end.
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Post by kiakahaaotearoa on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 12:38 pm

This is another tough one. Plenty of names but no big stand outs like in the prime years of Matfield and Botha.

Gray is still growing in his role but has made a big name for himself already. POC has been injured but has certainly looked useful at club level. Other than that, I'm pretty stumped. No real standouts for me. Easy to come up with 5 names but extremely difficult to justify why they are there over others. These threads are beginning to depress me in terms of the paucity of options in certain positions. Lock seems to be another after the departure of players like Matfield and Thorn.

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Post by wales606 on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 12:44 pm

Yep, a lot of class has been lost from the lock and no10 position recently. They are in transition waiting for the next great to develop, some of the youngsters on this poll could end up being as good as Matfield or Thorn.
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Post by gowales on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 12:50 pm

It's hard to pick one of the Welsh ones because we don't really have first choice locks!

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Post by kiakahaaotearoa on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 12:54 pm

I agree. A lot of new faces in there and early days on a lot of careers to make judgement calls about the world's best. The NH does indeed look very competitive in this area and holds the edge. In a way an intriguing few months in world rugby to see who can cement their positions. But on the other side, sad to see such big names go out of the game at the same time.

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Post by TJ1 on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 2:46 pm

In all seriousness Gray might be in the future but still really has to show consistency. this year could be the one to really shine tho - altho I think he is a great. Al kelloch? the ruck inspector? laughing

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 3:26 pm

No Thorn?

Whitelock, POC, Gray, Bekker are easily the best 4 from that list.

I'd throw players like Pape, Maestri, Horwill in the next level down.

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Post by ChequeredJersey on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 3:45 pm

I had Whitelock, Horwill, Gray, POC and Albacete. Think Ryan, Etzebeth and Romano might get there. Also rate Pape, Maestri and Hamilton an might have voted Thorn if he were available
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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 3:48 pm

I seriously don't get how Horwill is rated so highly, I'm not quite sure what he actually does. I tend to watch a game then find out he was playing in when they speak to the captain post match.

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Post by profitius on Tue 28 Aug 2012, 3:02 pm

I've voted for Horwill and Albacete too. Horwill in paticular is a very good player.
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Post by bazalicous on Fri 05 Apr 2013, 6:26 pm

Paul O'Connell
Alun Wyn Jones
Bakkes Botha
Nathan Hines
Sam Whitelock

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Post by RuggerRadge2611 on Fri 05 Apr 2013, 6:31 pm

In no particular order

Horwil, Whitelock, Ian Evans, Richie Gray, POC
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Post by majesticimperialman on Fri 05 Apr 2013, 6:34 pm

Whitelock

Retalick

Parling.? Big question mark on Parling though.

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