Rugby Union 3 years ago

Um...when are the Canes planning on resting ABs?

  • Um...when are the Canes planning on resting ABs?

I hope Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has a plan for resting his All Blacks.

The requirement for any current All Black is to rest for at least two matches in this years Super Rugby competition in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup.

The problem for Boyd is, apart from injury giving Dane Coles six weeks off, the other eight All Blacks (Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Jeremy Thrush, Ben Franks) in the squad haven't rested even one match yet.

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He has all nine involved this weekend against the Crusaders and the major problem is, the run to the playoffs is tough for the Hurricanes so picking and choosing when to rest them will be hard.

The run in, starting from tomorrow, looks like this: Crusaders, Sharks, Blues, Chiefs, Highlanders, Chiefs.

Erm...maybe rest a couple for the Sharks match but the other matches are all crucial.

The seven match winning streak to start the season certainly didn't help Boyd's All Blacks rest plan because when his side is playing so well, it's a risk to rest anyone.

The ridiculous conference system certainly doesn't help either.

The New Zealand conference is by far the strongest and so resting players against any of the New Zealand sides is a risk.

I've got no solution other than biting the bullet and resting two per match from here on in.

Anyone else got a solution?

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