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PostSubject: Smith should join Lineup   Smith should join Lineup Icon_minitimeTue Jun 16, 2009 2:45 am

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Conrad Smith trained well this morning and looks set to bolster the All Blacks backline for their second test with the French in Wellington.

The All Blacks went about their work with plenty of vigour and enthusiasm on a bitterly cold and showery morning in the capital.

Classy centre Smith had the biggest question mark over him with the All Blacks keen to utilise his experience and partnership with Ma’a No nu in the midfield.

He showed little sign of the hamstring problem that kept him out of last week’s 22-27 loss to France in Dunedin and should be part of the rematch on his home turf at the Cake Tin.

Injured halfback Brendon Leonard (hamstring) and lock Ali Williams (Achilles) trained but the selectors have to weigh up risking such key players just yet with a long season ahead.

The changes in the team are likely to come with Smith replacing Isaia Toeava at centre and in a reworked back row.

The loose forwards were outclassed at Carisbrook and the availability of Jerome Kaino will boost this crucial area.

It’s just a question of where he fits in.

Having established himself as the All Blacks top blindside last season he was forced into playing No 8 for the Blues.

The All Blacks will be keen to return him to the No 6 jersey but that could mean Kieran Read being moved to No 8 where his reliability might be preferred over the athletic approach of Liam Messam.

Specialist openside Tanerau Latimer will start in the absence of makeshift No 7 Adam Thomson who broke a hand in the first test.

Hooker Andrew Hore didn’t train with his rib injury and it looks as though Aled de Malmanche will be on the bench as the All Blacks dip further into their depleted stocks as they try to rescue this series.

The All Blacks team was due to be named at 1.30pm.
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PostSubject: Re: Smith should join Lineup   Smith should join Lineup Icon_minitimeTue Jun 16, 2009 2:47 am

Thats great news, him and Nonu are definitely our best midfield combination. He is the spark we need to get that backline moving and hopefully scoring a few more tries.

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PostSubject: Re: Smith should join Lineup   Smith should join Lineup Icon_minitimeTue Jun 16, 2009 2:58 am

Very weak team i must say, but still should get the job done, ill give it a go naming the team before its out. Im not 100% sure if there are players returning or a few of these guys are injured but heres a go.

Woodcock
Hore
Tialata
Thorn
Ross
Read
Latimer
Kaino
Cowan
McAlistar
Rokocoko
Nonu
Smith
Masaga
Muliaina

Afoa
de Malmanche
Evans
Messam
Weepu
Toeava
Jane
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PostSubject: Re: Smith should join Lineup   Smith should join Lineup Icon_minitimeTue Jun 16, 2009 3:10 am

OK - here are two teams. The one I (pragmatically) think they'll pick, and the one I would LIKE them to pick combining realism and personal preference.

Woodcock
Mealamu
Afoa
Thorn
Ross
Read
Latimer
Kaino
Cowan
Donald
Jane
Nonu
Smith
Rokocoko
Muliaina

Tialata
De Malmanche
Evans
Messam
Weepu
McAlister
Toeava


and...

Woodcock
Mealamu
Tialata
Thorn
Ross
Kaino
Latimer
Messam
Weepu
McAlister
Jane
Nonu
Smith
Rokocoko
Muliaina

Afoa
de Malmanche
Evans
Read
Cowan
Donald
Toeava
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PostSubject: Re: Smith should join Lineup   Smith should join Lineup Icon_minitimeTue Jun 16, 2009 6:07 am

Great news!
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