Internationals 2015 ANZAC Test

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3 rounds in and a test is coming up in a month so selectors hats on who would be in your 17. I can see Kearney not changing too much so unless there is injuries id go
1. Hiku
2. RTS
3. SKD
4. Whare
5. Manu
6. Foran
7. Johnson
8. Bromwich
9. Luke
10. Mutts
11. Mannering
12. Proctor
13. Taumalolo
14. T.L
15. Eastwood
16. Tapau
17. Harris
 
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3 rounds in and a test is coming up in a month so selectors hats on who would be in your 17. I can see Kearney not changing too much so unless there is injuries id go
1. Hiku
2. RTS
3. SKD
4. Whare
5. Manu
6. Foran
7. Johnson
8. Bromwich
9. Luke
10. Mutts
11. Mannering
12. Proctor
13. Taumalolo
14. T.L
15. Eastwood
16. Tapau
17. Harris
Hows Adam Blair been playing for Brisbane? In any case I'd agree Mutts on current form would have to be there as do Bromwich, Beastwood and Tapau so I guess Blair would be the obvious casualty.
 
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Blair does alot of off the ball stuff you dont see and tackles a lot have been scouring the two 4 nation test matches recently
 
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3 rounds in and a test is coming up in a month so selectors hats on who would be in your 17. I can see Kearney not changing too much so unless there is injuries id go
1. Hiku
2. RTS
3. SKD
4. Whare
5. Manu
6. Foran
7. Johnson
8. Bromwich
9. Luke
10. Mutts
11. Mannering
12. Proctor
13. Taumalolo
14. T.L
15. Eastwood
16. Tapau
17. Harris
good side. SKD would be the obvious one in there that I could see dropping out. Either Hurrell (if fit), or Beale (if he plays a decent game or two), or even Hiku at centre, RTS at fullback, with Nightingale on the wing.

Your forwards are exactly who I'd pick. Kasiano might make a case for inclusion (either at the expense of Harris or Eastwood at a guess) if he continues the form he's had in a couple of the games.
 
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Tuivasa-Sheck has shown more than enough to get the number 1 jersey.

1. Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Watene-Zelezniak
3. Whare
4. Hiku
5. Vatuvei
6. Foran
7. Johnson
8. Bromwich
9. Luke
10. Moa
11. Proctor
12. Mannering
13. Taumalolo

14. Leuluai
15. Taupau
16. Matulino
17. Harris
 
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Tuivasa-Sheck has shown more than enough to get the number 1 jersey.

1. Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Watene-Zelezniak
3. Whare
4. Hiku
5. Vatuvei
6. Foran
7. Johnson
8. Bromwich
9. Luke
10. Moa
11. Proctor
12. Mannering
13. Taumalolo

14. Leuluai
15. Taupau
16. Matulino
17. Harris
Drop Beastwood ya reckon?!
 
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At this stage yes.

I rate him very highly and he rarely lets the kiwi jersey down but Taupau is a beast, Harris and Proctor are in great form as is Matulino, it really is between Moa and Eastwood for me and I have picked Sam.
I like all those guys too.....tough choice......
 
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From last week Mau would be a bench option,
 
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I love the penrith combination you selected but

its hard to leave out nightingale

St George are poo but he always gets the job done in the black and white
 
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I love the penrith combination you selected but

its hard to leave out nightingale

St George are poo but he always gets the job done in the black and white
Agree with that, only drop nightingale after his own play forces him out.
 
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Why really change a winning combo? Hiku is proven at fullback ininternationals RTS not so much RTS. Both jave only played a handful of games at fullback at NRL level. Hiku is the incumbent plus RTS and Moa turned down the black jersey last year for being tired.
 
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Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has told NRL.com that he would have no hesitation in handing the captain's armband to Issac Luke for the May Test in Brisbane, praising the Rabbitohs' No.9 for the way he has developed as a player and person in recent years.

Should he be fit to take his place in the New Zealand team to face the Kangaroos at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on May 1, Luke will move to 14th on the all-time list of Kiwi Test caps with 33, moving past both Hugh McGahan and Roy Christian.

Somewhat of a recluse when it came to doing anything related to the media throughout the majority of his career, what interviews Luke did give were next to impossible to decipher as the quiet kid from Hawera struggled to cope with the limelight.

But now into his ninth year in the NRL with South Sydney and with 171 NRL games to his name, Luke has recently begun media training and actively seeks feedback from the Rabbitohs following media sessions.

It's an openness that has been welcomed by Kearney and further establishes Luke as a leader for both his club – he captained South Sydney to their Auckland Nines triumph – and country.

Blessed with such inspirational leaders as Simon Mannering and Kieran Foran in his squad, Kearney said that the team would lose nothing if Luke was ever elevated to the lofty status of national captain.

"We're pretty fortunate within the group – as you are when you get to that level – to have some pretty good leaders but from my perspective he is a leader and a captain of the team," Kearney said.

"You don't necessarily need to have that 'c' alongside your name to be a leader and a captain.

"He's part of the leadership group so it's important that he does contribute in that way and obviously from a cultural perspective I know it means an awful lot to 'Bully' about playing for New Zealand and you can see that when he comes into camps.

"I know he'd love it if he did [captain the team] so you never know, but he's very important in terms of that leading of the culture and what he brings to the table for us."

Luke made his Test debut in Kearney's first Test as coach of New Zealand in 2008 but the history between the pair stretches back even further.

Luke's high school alma mater, St Bernard's at Lower Hutt near Wellington, annually competes for the Stephen Kearney Cup and although the Kiwi Test coach had seen little of him play, he knew of Luke's talent long before he handed him his Test debut less than 12 months after making his NRL debut.

"He was a typical Maori kid. I am fortunate in the sense that I know his family pretty well," said Kearney. "His family and my family are from the same area so I knew him reasonably well.

"I hadn't been back home for quite some time but I knew of him and it was pretty obvious what raw talent he had.

"Right from the outset he was the typical, cheeky Maori kid. There were some rough edges about him and over the course of that time and those 30 Tests there have been times when he hasn't probably done the right thing but again that's part of the growing for him.

"What I'm really pleased about for him is that he has come out the other side. He's grown as a young man, a father and a footballer and it's a real credit to him."

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This is the team that ran out Nov 15 and won the 4 nations final....Baring injuries that should be the team for the Anzac test

1 Hiku
2 Nightingale
3 SKD
4 Whare
5 Vatuvei
6 Foran
7 Johnson
8 Bromwich
9 Luke
10 Blair
11 Mannering
12 Proctor
13 Taumalolo

14 Brown
15 Eastwood
16 Taupau
17 Harris
 
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Why really change a winning combo? Hiku is proven at fullback ininternationals RTS not so much RTS. Both jave only played a handful of games at fullback at NRL level. Hiku is the incumbent plus RTS and Moa turned down the black jersey last year for being tired.
But you did drop Nightengale for RTS in your team too?
 
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RTS
Vatuvai
Whare
Hiku
DWZ
Foran
SJ
JWH
Luke
Mutts
Mannering
Harris
Taumalolo

Glenn (utility)
Taupau
Eastwood
Kasiano
 
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RTS
Vatuvai
Whare
Hiku
DWZ
Foran
SJ
JWH
Luke
Mutts
Mannering
Harris
Taumalolo

Glenn (utility)
Taupau
Eastwood
Kasiano
 
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Why really change a winning combo? Hiku is proven at fullback ininternationals RTS not so much RTS. Both jave only played a handful of games at fullback at NRL level. Hiku is the incumbent plus RTS and Moa turned down the black jersey last year for being tired.
Have you seen roosters games this year?
Roger is playing superb football at fullback and deserves the chance.
 
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1. RTS
2. Nightengale
3. Whare
4. Hiku
5. Manu
6. Foran
7. SJ
8. Bromwich
9. Luke
10. Mutts
11. Mannering
12. Proctor
13. Taumaolo

14. TL
15. Beastwood
16. Taupau
17. Harris
 
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1. Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Nightingale
3. Whare
4. Hiku
5. Vatuvei
6. Foran
7. Johnson
8. Bromwich
9. Luke
10. Matalino
11.Taumalolo
12. Mannering
13. Tapau

14. Leuluai
15. Proctor
16. Glenn
17. Harris
 
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