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Dan Carter Is Out While McCaw Raises His Ton 85 views 7 Comments
14 September 2011 by The Swede Eaters
 
Connected with: Wiki Player Dan Carter, Colin Slade, Richie McCaw

Scott Donaldson looks at the All Blacks team named to play Japan.

The All Blacks superstar Daniel Carter will not play against Japan on Friday night after suffering a back injury. There is no point risking him in a game the All Blacks should win easily and he is being wrapped in cotton wool to play France next week. He has been replaced by Colin Slade, while Jimmy Cowan comes onto the bench. This also gives Colin Slade a chance to get the monkey off his back from his last All Blacks start against South Africa and a gives him a chance to get some confidence, so there is a silver lining.


The All Blacks selectors have given Mils Muliaina a chance to prove he is better than the exciting Israel Dagg at fullback and captain Richie McCaw earns his 100th cap. This team pays Japan the ultimate compliment but looking like a full strength side with only Kieran Read, Jimmy Cowan and potentially Israel Dagg missing from a top lineup that would start both next week against France and in the Quarter Finals.


Andy Ellis could be getting his last run of the tournament at halfback, so don't read too much into that.  Conrad Smith renews his partnership with Ma'a Nonu as the top midfield combination, while a strong performance against Tonga has shown us that Richard Kahui is now a first choice winger and he gets a start on the left wing.  Muliaina is feeling the pressure after another great performance by Israel Dagg against Tonga.


In the forwards the All Blacks have probably gone for their best lineup for this match, although the most under pressure will be Number Eight Adam Thomson who returns from injury. With Kieran Read out injured Adam Thomson has the chance to push for a Number Eight starting spot in a head to head race with the more bulky Victor Vito.


It will be good for this team to have a run together before they play France. It is hard to know what you can read into these selections. I think Zac Guildford is on the scrapheap now. I wonder if the selectors initially brought Kahui as a winger or it has just worked out that way? I think he is a great option. Are they just giving the quicker pass of Andy Ellis some game time for fitness? I think Cowan will be great against the bulkier teams like South Africa and England, but Ellis and Weepu could be options against Australia.


All Blacks:

Mils Muliaina, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Richard Kahui, Colin Slade, Andy Ellis, Adam Thomson, Richie McCaw (capt), Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Andrew Hore, John Afoa, Ali Williams, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Jimmy Cowan, Sonny Bill Williams.

What do you think of this team? 

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7 . deep 16 Sep 2011 12:25 AM
Heck, there's not much wrong with that 15 to take us through the finals... Toeava played his best rugby back there in the first half of this year's Super 15.

6 . just a random singer 15 Sep 2011 03:10 PM
I think there is no doubt that McCaw would have played if we were up against France tomorrow. Mils will be gutted though. If I were him, I'd be out there if it were only a slight twinge. Otherwise Henry just has to go with Dagg for the big games, doesn't he? Even speaking as a guy from Mooloo country, Dagg's form has been irresistable.

I feel for Henry. He seems to want to put out a near full strength side, but fate seems to be against him. I do hope that against France and Canada, our full strength side (give or take Dagg or Mils) is selected.

5 . The Swede Eaters 15 Sep 2011 01:11 PM
I think Mils Muliaina does have something to prove if he wants his jersey back and he won't get the opportunity now. How can they leave Dagg out of that 15 jersey? Who cares about loyalty and milestones? Oh wait Dagg is injured too. Luckily the ABs have Toeava and Jane as fullback cover.

Do you think these injured guys would have played if we were playing someone good like France? or are they playing cat and mouse with John Kirwan after he named a B side?

4 . just a random singer 15 Sep 2011 12:08 PM
Guess that answers your question deep. Will the outsides ever get consistent game time to build instinctive combinations? Nope =(

3 . just a random singer 15 Sep 2011 12:05 PM
Latest news. McCaw is out, Muliaina is also out. Apparently both picked up injuries.

Revised All Black team is:
15: Isaia Toeava,
14: Cory Jane,
13: Conrad Smith,
12: Ma'a Nonu,
11: Richard Kahui,
10: Colin Slade,
9: Andy Ellis,
8: Victor Vito,
7: Adam Thomson,
6: Jerome Kaino,
5: Sam Whitelock,
4: Brad Thorn,
3: Owen Franks,
2: Keven Mealamu,
1: Woodcock.

Reserves: Andrew Hore, John Afoa, Ali Williams, Anthony Boric, Jimmy Cowan, Piri Weepu, Sonny Bill Williams.

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2 . deep 14 Sep 2011 11:18 PM
Mulianina doesn't have to prove anything... we know the high class guy he is. The only question is whether Dagg offers even more? Well there is one more question.... will the outsides ever get consistent game time to build instinctive combinations, stuff that will still work with finesse when the pressure cooker of quarters, semis and finals hit?

1 . just a random singer 14 Sep 2011 01:48 PM
I think it actually looks a lot like the team that will play in the quarterfinals. Sub in Carter for Slade, Weepu/Cowan for Ellis and a fit again Read, and we have a pretty good squad. I'm hopeing from now on in, Henry will not be too radica.

Dammit, think I'm addicted to this game. First reaction when I heard that Carter was injured was to scramble over here as quickly as possible and sell (for a nice profit of around $70,000) Now to find another good half...

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