No secret – I’m massive All Black fan and have prejudice towards Hurricanes – Weepu, Nonu and Jane. (well mainly former Canes).
The team for Saturday is as I would select it.
But in a fortnight we need to change. Bit of a risk before seeing form v France but this is as I see it now.
We have probably the most versatile starting backline ever. Weepu can play 1st V, Nonu can play 2nd V to wing, Kahui can cover centre and Jane fullback.
All we need is Williams and a halfback. Carter won’t come off unless injured and if he is Weepu can move out.
Read will play next weekend and is the best number eight in the world. But we need Thomson as a reserve loosie.
My solution, drop Slade who has never played well under test match pressure, add Thomson to the reserves and go with a 5 – 2 split.