Gold FM Rugby Report
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Posted September 07, 2020
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star in Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Waihi Beach on Monday’s Breakfast Show was a chance for Brian Gentil to catch up with the Thames Valley RFU Deputy Chair Ross Cooper. Ross brought us up to speed with the Under 23’s Trial on Sunday, and that the team is being named on Monday afternoon. There are some great games lined up against Taranaki, Waikato, Counties-Manukau and Bay of Plenty with a home game included Ross said, and he added dates and venues too.
Brian and Ross then talked about the North v South game on Saturday night and how it was full of flare, with plenty of new faces showing they’re keen to up the anti, and lots of experienced players at their best for the selectors as they had one last look at the players before the All Blacks squad was named the following day.
Ross was impressed with the style of play and the new moves that seemed to come from nowhere, and both he and Brian agreed it looked good for our national team, even with some players injured or not available.
While some players like Caleb Clarke and Will Jordan shone, there wasn’t a player on the field who didn’t impress Ross said. And the way the two sides were chosen to represent either North or South was a good idea Ross and Brian agreed. It really set teammate against teammate, and made for an open and exciting game that changed leads seven times.
All Black Coach Ian Foster named his first squad on Sunday and Ross said he was impressed, although there were a few who missed out that could well have been included. But it’s early days and they don’t even know who they’ll get to play yet. Meantime all the players are back with their clubs gearing up for the start of the provincial competition this weekend.
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