Autumn Internationals 2018

Fulcrum29

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Why Joseph wouldn't want a guy like this...


he was 20 in 2015. Pansonic's stand out player, Deans must think that Joseph is cray.
 

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31 - 21 to the World XV now. Getting close. Japan stringing some nice phases and plays together.
 

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Too impatient there at the end, but that pressure though. Japan need their better players back, and get the best Top League guys in the squad.

Kenki Fukuoka is pure class for a winger for his size, no trouble for putting his body on the line.
 

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and the weepee heavy contingent that some were predicting, comes to pass .... to leave Akker for Brits and Bongi alone is disgusting, nevermind all the other guys not weepee that have missed out.


FORWARDS:

Schalk Brits (Hooker, Unattached, 11, 5 - 1t)
Lood de Jager (Lock, Vodacom Blue Bulls, 36, 20 - 4t)
Pieter-Steph du Toit (Loose forward / Lock, DHL Western Province, 42, 20 - 4t)
Thomas du Toit (Prop, Cell C Sharks, 5, 0)
Eben Etzebeth (Lock, DHL Western Province, 73, 15 - 3t)
Steven Kitshoff (Prop, DHL Western Province, 33, 5 - 1t)
Vincent Koch (Prop, Saracens, England, 10, 0)
Siya Kolisi (captain – Loose forward, DHL Western Province, 37, 25 - 5t)
Francois Louw (Loose forward, Bath, England, 62, 45, - 9t)
Wilco Louw (Prop, DHL Western Province, 11, 0)
Frans Malherbe (Prop, DHL Western Province, 25, 0)
Malcolm Marx (Hooker, Xerox Golden Lions, 20, 20 - 4t)
Bongi Mbonambi (Hooker, DHL Western Province, 22, 10 - 2t)
Franco Mostert (Lock, Xerox Golden Lions, 26, 5 - 1t)
Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Loose forward, DHL Western Province, 6, 0)
Trevor Nyakane (Prop, Vodacom Blue Bulls, 37, 5 - 1t)
JD Schickerling (Lock, DHL Western Province, uncapped)
RG Snyman (Lock, Honda Heat, Japan, 8, 0)
Duane Vermeulen (Loose forward, Kubota Spears, Japan, 42, 15 – 3t)
Warren Whiteley (Loose forward, Xerox Golden Lions, 21, 15 - 3t)




BACKS:

Gio Aplon (Wing / Fullback, Toyota Verblitz, Japan, 17, 25 - 5t)
Damian de Allende (Centre, DHL Western Province, 33, 20 - 4t)
Aphiwe Dyantyi (Wing, Xerox Golden Lions, 9, 30 - 6t)
André Esterhuizen (Centre, Munakata Sanix Blues, Japan, 5, 0)
Elton Jantjies (Flyhalf, Xerox Golden Lions, 29, 223 - 2t, 42c, 43p)
Cheslin Kolbe (Wing / Fullback, Toulouse, France, 4, 10 - 2t)
Jesse Kriel (Centre, Vodacom Blue Bulls, 36, 50 - 10t)
Willie le Roux (Fullback, Wasps, England, 50, 60 – 12t)
Ruhan Nel (Centre, DHL Western province, upcapped)
Sbu Nkosi (Wing, Cell C Sharks, 3, 10 - 2t)
Embrose Papier (Scrumhalf, Vodacom Blue Bulls, 4, 0)
Sergeal Petersen (Wing, DHL Western Province, uncapped)
Handré Pollard (Flyhalf, Vodacom Blue Bulls, 35, 293 - 3t, 55c, 53p, 3d)
Louis Schreuder (Scrumhalf, Cell C Sharks, 1, 0)
Ivan van Zyl (Scrumhalf, Vodacom Blue Bulls, 3, 0)
Damian Willemse (Flyhalf / Fullback, DHL Western Province, 3, 0)
 

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The Australians must be a bit shaken after being beaten 37-20 by New Zealand. They recalled Adam Ashley-Cooper.
 

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NZ team to face Japan. A 'weakened' team by their standards but still strong enough to not only smash the Blossoms, but also give the likes of England, Ireland and SA a run for their money

New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Luke Whitelock (captain), 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Jackson Hemopo, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ofa Tuungafasi.

Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Dillon Hunt, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Mitch Drummond, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 George Bridge.
 

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Japan is playing pretty much the same selection tomorrow, it seems only to be positional switches at the back. Nothing special, still no depth...

Don't know why they can't call Willie Britz into the extended squad. Don't know why don't call any top Top League player into the extended squad. The only exciting players in the backline are Nagare, Matsuda (bench), Fukuoka and maybe Tanaka (bench). Nakamura who has quality standards chased down by Britz... questions as he isn't slow, his mindset not in the right place at that moment.
 

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Teams for Saturday: England vs SA

England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell (co-captain), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Brad Shields, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Dylan Hartley (co-captain), 1 Alec Hepburn.

Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Zach Mercer, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Manu Tuilagi.
South Africa: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Rudolf Snyman, 20 Lodewyk de Jager, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 André Esterhuizen.
 

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https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2018/11/09d02a7fde9c-rugby-leitch-says-japan-have-chance-to-take-down-all-blacks.html

Rugby: Leitch says Japan have chance to "take down" All Blacks
Japan take on the All Blacks Saturday with one New Zealander-turned-Japanese saying the Brave Blossoms are in with a chance of an upset.

Japan captain Michael Leitch said Friday that the game at Ajinomoto Stadium is a golden opportunity "to take down" the three-time Rugby World Cup champions.

"The preparation has been excellent and we hear it's a sell-out crowd so we are really looking forward to it," said Leitch, who leads a side that shows three changes and one positional switch from the team that started last week's 31-28 loss to a World XV in Osaka.

Leitch's optimistic view was shared by former All Black and World XV coach Robbie Deans, who said earlier in the week that "a massive upset" was possible.

"It's a great opportunity for Japan. It's what they are going to be confronted with in a year's time (at the Rugby World Cup)," Deans told Kyodo News.

"It's going to be daunting in some ways because there will be a lot of pressure, expectation and hope from the nation, and this is the perfect prep."

"To play the All Blacks at home with nothing to lose -- I'm hopeful they will give them many moments where they are uncomfortable and where they can turn the scoreboard over and create some doubt. Because if they do that, who knows? You might see a massive upset."

The chances of a shock result have certainly been increased with Steve Hansen naming a side that features eight uncapped players in the match day 23, though the All Blacks coach dismissed the notion he was devaluing the shirt by picking so many rookies.

"We play so many test matches and so many Super (Rugby) games that it's nonsense when you hear people saying they didn't give test caps away like this years ago," Hansen said.
Two things here.

I am very appreciative that Japan is being optimistic, even Jamie Joseph seems to be more approving since the late comeback against the World XV. Japan’s own head coach has hardly been speaking his team up since his appointment. Good to see, especially since they are hosting the Rugby World Cup.

Then Steve Hansen’s words, couldn’t wiser, give chance where opportunity is due. Like including Akker in the Springbok squad… This is the time where you test your depth and continuity.
 

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What a take by Nkosi! He should be at first slip for the Proteas with hands like that :laugh:
 
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