With the Rugby World Cup 2015 less than a year away, it is obvious that some teams have been resting and rotating their squads during the November Autumn Internationals, but is it better to keep experimenting or stick with the best players?
One coach asking himself this is All Blacks coach Steve Hansen who has the dilemma of how to use quality Number 10s Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden, Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade. One may be starting to wonder who really is the best Number 10 New Zealand has to offer? Dan Carter was average against Scotland, while Aaron Cruden, Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade have all been part of the rotation this year. One could even argue that Slade is in the better form of the trio and this could be because he has played the least, while Carter is still returning from injury.
It was interesting seeing understrength Wales and New Zealand narrowly defeat Fiji and Scotland respectively, which received some its fair share of critics, but isn’t a win, a win? Does the margin and manner of victory really matter, as long as you win?
Is it better to keep the same starting team or do a complete rotation of players? Here are some points to consider.
Rest and Rotate Players;
– gives tired players a chance to prolong their seasons and careers by taking a break.
The November Autumn Internationals Round 3 saw some close matches with the damp conditions keeping the scores close in most games. The conditions are something to take into consideration when making picks in Round 4. Super Rugby Tips picked all of the winners, despite some close calls!
Here are 11 questions we are asking following The November Autumn Internationals Round 3;
1) The damp conditions definitely kept matches close with the likes of South Africa, New Zealand and France all winning close matches. Other teams to win by narrow margins included Argentina, Japan and Wales. Will the conditions be the same at the Rugby World Cup 2015? This could have a major impact on which players and styles team choose in a year.
2) Will the Rugby World Cup 2015 be won by the team with the best rolling maul? The England vs Springboks game was interesting because of the rolling mauls.
3) Will there always be controversial refereeing decisions in professional rugby? I think that it is widely understood that there will be some bad refereeing calls in matches. Is it time to simply grin and bare it? Continue reading →
Former South African captain John Smit and former England flanker Martin Corry, who battled it out in both the Pool stages of Rugby World Cup 2007 and the Final, relive their two encounters in that epic Tournament. The pair also reminisce about the England v South Africa clash in the Quarter Final of Rugby World Cup 1999 and look ahead to the two sides potentially meeting in next year’s Tournament.
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