RE: Jake Whites take on the 4 nations
May 23, 2012, 22:20:16
Mike I think your points about learning from the past should be applied to us as well. I think the Irish will put up a good fight against the All Blacks as will the Welsh and Poms. However we are talking long term buildup to the RWC.
The immediate concern is the fact that key players Schalk, JDV etc etc etc are not getting any ball time and once the Championship starts it will be their match fitness and time on the field that will be their biggest hurdle. You only need to looik at Richie MaCaw he seems a distant of the player we know he was and he's been back for 3 games now?
I think there wont be a lot of concern about who wins or who loses this first year as there will be so much re-modelling going on that all coaches will be tinkering and re-assessing their playing styles.....I suppose it depends on who does it the quickest?
I did mention in an earlier post that of all teams the Wallabies probably look the least unsettled and with the Brumbies andReds starting to show some form then maybe they might settle in quiker than we think.
However the biggest threat to the Southern nations wll no doubt come from a very young, very talented, very well coached and very wellbalanced Welsh team. No doubt their youth and enthusiasm and their young dynamic captain will be 4 years better when the 2015 RWC rolls in