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    Warren Gatland has been named head coach for the 2017 Tour to NZ.
    Any thoughts?
    I believe wrong man for the job this time.
    Don,t think NZ will be shaking in their boots at his appointment.
    Can,t see his battering ram tactic,s working against the All Blacks
    A more dynamic approach is required.
    Discuss ?
    Last edited by willie wacker; 07-09-16 at 15:06.


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    I did expect him to be appointed. After delivering the first series victory since 1997 it was pretty much a sure thing.

    I don't think 'Warrenball' will deliver against the All Blacks like it did against Australia.

    I think success is unlikely anyway but how competitive they are will depend on who he takes with him as assistant coaches. I'm pretty sure that he won't take Joe Schmidt which I think will be a big mistake. The only way for a win will be to out think the All Blacks and the All Blacks are pretty pretty damn smart and Schmidt is one of the smartest coaches in Rugby.

    Also I think that he will rely to much on the Welsh players because he is so familiar with them and those from other countries that deserve a place on the team won't get one because of his favoritism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbidingPond View Post
    I did expect him to be appointed. After delivering the first series victory since 1997 it was pretty much a sure thing.

    I don't think 'Warrenball' will deliver against the All Blacks like it did against Australia.

    I think success is unlikely anyway but how competitive they are will depend on who he takes with him as assistant coaches. I'm pretty sure that he won't take Joe Schmidt which I think will be a big mistake. The only way for a win will be to out think the All Blacks and the All Blacks are pretty pretty damn smart and Schmidt is one of the smartest coaches in Rugby.

    Also I think that he will rely to much on the Welsh players because he is so familiar with them and those from other countries that deserve a place on the team won't get one because of his favoritism.
    Your 99% right there bud
    They will be at least 8 Welsh players on the test team and I say he will have Sam as his Captain again
    Bad choice I take a 3 -nil whitewash for the Black
    Unless you are well over 6ft you are going to find it very hard to make the test team


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    Quite surprised at his re-appointment aswell. Will his Welsh selection bias continue again this time round?! 😜

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ireland1985 View Post
    Quite surprised at his re-appointment aswell. Will his Welsh selection bias continue again this time round?! ��
    Probably, he'll stick with what he knows. But I'm pretty sure it won't deliver.

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