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Faletau for me is the only other current player who has AWJ's status - if available he plays.     
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Id have faletau on the bench with wainwright 8 tipuric 7 navidi 6
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aber-fan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 January 2020 at 4:54pm
FWIW, Stevo says that of players actually in the squad (NOT counting those already not selected because of injury, e.g. Sanjay), only Elliot Dee is currently injured - though others recovering may be a bit 'short':


I'd go with:

15 Halfpenny
14 Adams
13 Tompkins
12 Parkes
11 Rees-Zammit
10 Biggar
9 Cawdor

8 Faletau (played very well on his return, apparently)
7 Tipuric
6 Shingler
5 Ball
4 AWJ
3 WillGriff John
2 Ken O
1 Wyn Jones

Subs: Elias, Rob Evans, Dillon Lewis, Wainwright, Navidi, Tomos Williams, Jarrod Evans, North

Maybe it'd be a gamble not having a second row on the bench, but Shingler could move up - Faletau must start, but may need to be replaced after a long period out. 

I'd like to give Tompkins and Rees-Zammit a chance to show what they can do v Italy - we should be able to experiment a little and still win (famous last words? I hope not...).
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Originally posted by roy munster roy munster wrote:

Id have faletau on the bench with wainwright 8 tipuric 7 navidi 6
Faletau is one of the best players in the world full stop and more importantly he’s a proper 8. I think he’ll be one of the first names on the team sheet 
I still wake up late at night and think of what might have been when tim stimpson hit that jammy penalty1
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Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by roy munster roy munster wrote:

Id have faletau on the bench with wainwright 8 tipuric 7 navidi 6
Faletau is one of the best players in the world full stop and more importantly he’s a proper 8. I think he’ll be one of the first names on the team sheet 

I agree-a fantastic rugby footballer-world class.In some ways,though,I feel sometimes I'd rather see him play at 6.Not possible for Wales but a no.8 like Vunipola would take care of the hard yards and allow him more scope to show his talents and get wider more often.If both remain injury free would they pack down together for the Lions?Love to see it.
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Originally posted by Dic Penderyn Dic Penderyn wrote:

Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by roy munster roy munster wrote:

Id have faletau on the bench with wainwright 8 tipuric 7 navidi 6
Faletau is one of the best players in the world full stop and more importantly he’s a proper 8. I think he’ll be one of the first names on the team sheet 

I agree-a fantastic rugby footballer-world class.In some ways,though,I feel sometimes I'd rather see him play at 6.Not possible for Wales but a no.8 like Vunipola would take care of the hard yards and allow him more scope to show his talents and get wider more often.If both remain injury free would they pack down together for the Lions?Love to see it.
I'd say there's a fairly decent chance that will happen if both are fit for the Lions.
I still wake up late at night and think of what might have been when tim stimpson hit that jammy penalty1
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Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by Dic Penderyn Dic Penderyn wrote:

Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by roy munster roy munster wrote:

Id have faletau on the bench with wainwright 8 tipuric 7 navidi 6
Faletau is one of the best players in the world full stop and more importantly he’s a proper 8. I think he’ll be one of the first names on the team sheet 

I agree-a fantastic rugby footballer-world class.In some ways,though,I feel sometimes I'd rather see him play at 6.Not possible for Wales but a no.8 like Vunipola would take care of the hard yards and allow him more scope to show his talents and get wider more often.If both remain injury free would they pack down together for the Lions?Love to see it.
I'd say there's a fairly decent chance that will happen if both are fit for the Lions.

Probably a big 'if' - whereas Faletau has been fairly injury-free until his recent long lay-off, Billy V has an unfortunate history of injuries, especially forearm fractures.
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Faletau is world class, maybe the best.Hes a sensational rugby player and Im ecstatic hes back. I am merely concerned with his very lengthy lay offs from test rugby and all rugby. It may be too much too soon. I saw him make a comeback for Bath many months ago after another long lay off, he had a storming game, but then broke his arm and was off another long time. 
But the coaches will see him up close and Im sure theyll make the right call.
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Faletau for me is a different level to any other European No 8. Vunipola's injuries have taken their toll and he is not as explosive as he used to be. As for the Lions back row - wow what a choice. I think Faletau's biggest challenger for the No 8 shirt will be this lad Caelon Doris from Leinster - he is a hell of a player. In him & Ryan at 23 Ireland have two superb back 5 players going forward. 
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Faletau for me is a different level to any other European No 8. Vunipola's injuries have taken their toll and he is not as explosive as he used to be. As for the Lions back row - wow what a choice. I think Faletau's biggest challenger for the No 8 shirt will be this lad Caelon Doris from Leinster - he is a hell of a player. In him & Ryan at 23 Ireland have two superb back 5 players going forward. 

Good call - I've been very impressed by him, so far.
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Naividi got another hamstring issue apparently doubt for sat
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The other 8 from leinster is supposed to be even bette degan is it?
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Originally posted by RR1972 RR1972 wrote:

The other 8 from leinster is supposed to be even bette degan is it?

Yes he is highly rated as well but he has been overtaken at 8 for Leinster & now Ireland so this boy must be an absolute handful. Leinster's pool of no 8's is ridiculous - Jack Conan, Doris & Max Deegan. Thats 3 International quality players in the one position. Even we would struggle to match that - though Casseim, Blade & McLoud is none too shabby. 
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Originally posted by RR1972 RR1972 wrote:

Naividi got another hamstring issue apparently doubt for sat

Not too worried about Saturday but he will be needed against Ireland. With so many riches in some positions I hope to see Pivac taking more of a horses for courses view to selection. For instance against Italy I would use Aaron to put pressure on their lineout & secure our own ball; Tipuric's skills in the wide channels will be useful. Against Ireland I would want to use Navidi's better breakdown skills with maybe some more grunt at 6 with Moriarty or Wainwright. 
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