Rugby Union 3 years ago

Who do we want at fullback?

  • Who do we want at fullback?

[quote]Three wins from three matches and all away from home means there is nothing to discuss about how the Hurricanes have performed so far right? Wrong. [/quote]

Three wins from three matches and all away from home means there is nothing to discuss about how the Hurricanes have performed so far right?

Wrong.

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There is always the work rate of the tight five but I don't want to bore you with that.

Let's talk about the backline and in particular the question of who should play at fullback.

In an all All Blacks backline it's only the fullback spot where I can't quite figure out who is the best person to play there.

Here's the options: Jason Woodward, James Marshall, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Matt Proctor, Beauden Barrett, Cory Jane.

Woodward has been the incumbent so far although Marshall played in that spot against the Force and was good.

For me Woodward hasn't really hit his straps at Super Rugby level. 

He was a standout a few seasons ago at ITM Cup level for Wellington and made the Hurricanes but didn't get a whole lot of game time.

He got game time when he left for the Rebels a couple of years ago and was good for them but not spectacular.

Marshall was good last a fortnight ago in Perth but I wonder whether fullback is his best position.

Milner-Skudder is a raw talent and I think he will eventually top them all but not yet and probably not this year.

Proctor is quick but has been shuffled around and we don't know whether he's a centre, a wing, a fullback or all of the above.

Beauden Barrett is a better first five-eighth.

Jane spent most of his early career with Wellington and the Hurricanes at fullback and was outstanding. He only got pushed to the wing when the All Blacks played him there because of Israel Dagg and Ben Smith occupying that spot.

So here's my idea.

Put Jane back to fullback and have either Proctor or Milner-Skudder serve their apprenticeship on the wing.

Jane is second only to Ben Smith under the high ball, is quick of the mark and, let's face it, we'd all like to see him with a bit more space.

Thoughts?

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