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Seen on Friday's Rugby News Players who came hard, Hurricane feeling pressure, Get Cooper and tough decision about Tuilagi.
McCaffrey arrived hard!
Locky McCaffrey greatly affects the back of the Brumbies. but number 8 hasn't been easy to get to where he is. The top photo is the only one we've played in Super Rugby in our important library. The following year, five Australian franchises were unwelcome, and he faced the choice of returning to Sydney club rugby or trying his hand abroad. Fortunately, Leicester was offered an offer and an open road.
Instead of being locked, Locky took a massive 45 game season as an opportunity to learn and spend the next three years doing it just from some of the brightest rugby minds on the planet.
"It wasn't a real decision, I really didn't get any offers for the Australian Super Rugby," McCaffrey recalled his move to the English club Leicester in 2015. "People probably think that many people go abroad for the UK or Europe for money, but my decision was because it was the only solution I had to keep on rugby; it had either returned to the rugby club in Sydney, or go Forward and crack Premiership… I was in three Super Rugby clubs at Waratahs, Force and Brumbies and got to the point where there were no Super Rugby coaches who wanted me in their teams. ”
“I hold the Premiership life line, I loved the rugby standard there and got a good crack because of the ability to combine games. Super Rugby [I’d] played a lot of bench and [it was] hard to get your feet in the door.
"But I think going there and playing 75 or 80 Premiership and European games in three years was the best for me, and I had a great training with Aaron Mauger, Richard Cockerill and Scott Hansen, who is now Sunwolves."
McCaffrey returned to Australia and Brumbia in 2018, and he did not look back on becoming one of the foundations of Brumbie's back. 194 cm and 108 kg he is probably a little shorter and lighter than the classic no. 8, but it's faster and more aggressive. Our old timers said he was playing hard and that was true.
Hurricanes are looking for more pressure
Brumbies this week play hurricanes, but it's not quite rosy across the ditch. They lost the crusaders who were starving them in the ball and going ahead. The bumblebee had no problem blowing the bosses out of the park and getting 50 points.
That leaves hurricanes with much to solve and very little time to do it. In the article on stuff.co.nz about Hurricane's talented leader Ben Lam, coach John Plumtree asked that his spine arms were not involved.
Plumtree said they wanted the ball to hit the finish line more often than Brumbies, which would take place on Friday night in Palmerston North, but it couldn't happen without the first pressure.
“We are patient and confident that when we give the ball to Ben, he really has little or no space.
“We are perhaps just a little guilty of creating inadequate pressure. This is our big focus. We know that, if not, we need to build and build our forward.
“It's something we talked about and worked hard, but it has to go in our game. This is where I imposed small players [this week]. The fact that our impulse game in the middle of our work is good for the middle of the park and that we choose the time to go to Wes and Ben and Winnie [Vince Aso]. ”
Hurricanes: Chase Tiatia, Vince Aso, Matt Proctor, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Ardie Savea, D & # 39; Plessis Kirifi, Fea Fifita, Liam Mitchell, James Blackwell, Ben May, Dane Coles (c), Chris Eves. Reserve: Ricky Riccitelli, Xavier Numia, Jeff To Own-Allen, Isaiah Walker-Leawere, Reed Prinsep, Richard Judd, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Wes Goosen
Brumbies: Tom Banks, Andy Muirhead, Tevita Kuridran, Irae Simone, Chance Peni, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Powell, Lachlan McCaffrey, David Pocock, Pete Samu, Blake Enever, Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalato, Folau Fainga & Scott Sio. Reserve: Josh Mann-Rea, James Slipper, Leslie Leauluaialii-Makin, Darcy Swain, Tom Cusack, Matt Lucas, Wharenui Hawera, Tom Wright.
how good is this Quade 2011 photo!
Highlanders after last week had a little bit of fear of the Reds coming up against the southern Red… I think ah… Rebels this week. And they have developed a plan that nobody ever thought. GET COOPER. I will recognize that it has worked in the past, but does not take into account the other guy who plays this week on Rebels. I think that part of the partnership is more important. The guy called Genu.
To make their plan a little more difficult, hurricanes are resting on their super-side Aaron Smith, along with their full back Ben Smith and second row Luke Whitelock.
Here is the Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger for stuff.co.nz
"Quade is one of these guys that if you give him too much time and space, he can really spoil the team," said Mauger.
"So, there has been little attention to make sure we don't have time or space to move around and, if there is some time to make sure we work together in our three and five years.
"If we do, we hope we can make these guys under pressure and get a good ball to strike."
It sets a scene for a spicy clash in Melbourne, where Highlanders will be committed to bringing Cooper back to the ground after rebels no. 10 pointed to his return to Super Rugby with promising performance in the first round.
Highlanders: Josh Ioane, Waisake Naholo, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Teihorangi Walden, Josh McKay, Bry Gatland, Kayne Hammington, Elliot Dixon, James Lentjes, Shannon Frizell, Pair of Parkinson, Jackson Hemopo, Siate Tokolah, Ash Dixon (c), Daniel Lienert -Brown.
Substitutions: Ricky Jackson, Ayden Johnstone, Josh Iosefa-Scott, Tom Franklin, Marino Mikaele, Folau Fakatava, Patelesio Tomkinson, Marty Banks
Insurgents: Dane Haylett-Petty (c), Jack Maddocks, Tom English, Billy Meakes, Marika Koroibete, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Isi Naisarani, Brad Wilkin, Angus Cottrell, Matt Philip, Luke Jones, Sam Talakai, Anaru Rangi, Tetera Faulkner
Substitutions: Robbie Abel, Matt Gibbon, Jermain Ainsley, Adam Coleman, Richard Hardwick, Rob Leota, Michael Ruru, Reece Hodge
Racing 92 Wants Manu
Manu Tuilagi faces issues that professional rugby players face at least once in their careers. Family or country? Okay, maybe I exaggerated a little.
In my case, he has to decide whether to pay Mega Dollars, which are available to Leicester and England, or to refuse to play his country to collect mega-er dollars for a touch playing Racing 92 French Top 14. What to do? Stay in England and start daily Brexit news or move with French?
There is much to consider. I'm back with England and I liked playing Cardiff, though we lost. I also like playing Tigers. I need some time after this campaign to put everything on the table and make the right decision. ”
So far Eddie Jones, an English coach, has not tried to influence Tuilagi's decision except that they make jokes about a player who eats baguettes and croissants.
"We have not really spoken about it … nothing can be said about it, because I have not taken a decision," said Tuilagi, stating that his already signed reports were premature.
“When I saw it [piece saying he had signed] I didn't know what to say. I haven't made a decision yet, so everyone [in the squad] it's cool. ”
One possible compromise could be to go to France for two seasons and then return to the perfect world for one final slope in the World Cup before the next tournament in France in 2023.
Chris Ashton and James Haskell have already proved that English players have the opportunity gâteau and eat and racing offer beyond anything Leicester can afford.
At the moment, Tuilagi seems to be really two minds. “I haven't thought too far forward. I'm still committed to Tiger and England now, and all my focus is here and trying to finish [the Six Nations] high. ”