Bench Sonny Bill - Wilson

2011-10-11 14:17

Cape Town - Even though he may have put in a dominant display for the All Blacks in the unaccustomed role of wing, Sonny Bill Williams may yet reacquaint himself with the Eden Park bench.

According to former All Blacks wing, Stu Wilson, the imminent return of Israel Dagg and Cory Jane to the starting XV would shift Williams back to the bench.

"Jane is our top wing at the moment. He's the only one doing things with the ball in hand. He should carry on having a few drinks and a few (cigarettes) if it gets him into this kind of form.

"Sonny Bill only got a shot because Kahui was injured," Wilson told the New Zealand Herald.

Jane should pull rank as a "senior professional" to secure his place on the right wing, Wilson said.

Wilson also believes that new inclusions, Stephen Donald and Hosea Gear will have contrasting fortunes in their respective roles upon joining the squad.

He believes while Donald may be the much needed fill-in for Aaron Cruden, Gear may not feature in the rest of the competition altogether.

"He's (Gear) a few back from the bus stop. I just can't see (the coaches) going past guys who have played games in this competition to pick him."

Wilson went onto say that Cruden’s decision-making skills will be put to the test and will be vital in deciding one of the finalists at this year’s tournament in an already chaotic situation.

"The chaos will only get worse. It just gets worse and worse. We need a 10 who can say 'this is not working, what can we do differently. A 10's got to run the shop."


  • MaanDonkie - 2011-10-11 14:38

    Agree 100% Stu, please do us a favour.....if you happen to bump into Bryce tell him he's a poepol. Tanks Mate

      John Douglas - 2011-10-11 14:40

      Get over it.

      Andy49 - 2011-10-11 15:53

      Still wining, oh dear you poor sods.

      Andrew - 2011-10-11 15:56

      @John....We couldn't get over the try-line and we can't over the daylight robbery by a Kiwi. I think I'll stay in SA as NZ is full of thieves!!

      kiwi - 2011-10-11 20:52

      @ andrew .....thats very kind and thoughtful of you, please do just that and stay in s a

      raven7 - 2011-10-12 05:29

      @andrew, well you could get over the tryline, you just could not hold onto the ball. and yes stay there NZ is not a safe place to be unlike south africa......

  • Alan - 2011-10-11 15:06

    Sonny boy wants to be on the bench co he doesnt want his hair gel to get all messed up again, let alone have the latest tattoo's smudged. Or is it because he doesnt want to be on the wrong end of a thumping if the Aussies rediscover their Tri-NAtions form. *choke choke...heeelllppp...Brryyyccceeee*...

      Dr Phil - 2011-10-11 15:10

      I offer counselling services if you're interested Alan?

      Alan - 2011-10-11 15:12

      @Dr Phil. Thanks Doc Bryce.. er I mean Phil ... but I suspect that the chokers are gonna need your services a whole lot more....

      rockster666 - 2011-10-11 15:26

      @ Alan who did choke a couple days ago enough said.

      Alan - 2011-10-11 15:32

      @Rockster666 The whole of SA Choked - on the ignorant, biased and unprofessional calls made by the ref. Thank goodness the Boks did themselves proud though. Er - Doc Phil is offering counselling.... BTW - Whackhead said this morning - they found Bryce's cellphone after the game - it had 15 missed calls on it. Whaahaaa

      RandomDude - 2011-10-11 16:53

      rockster666 .. looked a lot like Oz from where I sat

      Kevin - 2011-10-12 07:23

      Did you mean new found riches Bryce who has zero integrity and makes any New Zealand win hollow.

  • Trokkie - 2011-10-11 15:07

    is this guy crazy?? u dont bench sonny ever

      GT - 2011-10-11 15:12

      I like SBW, but I would not pick him ahead of Nonu at 12 and he is not a 13 or winger. Conrad Smith and Kahui are both better 13, and Kahui has been awesome on the wing. SBW on the bench is the only option, and start him if Nonu is crocked.

  • Leza - 2011-10-11 15:19

    SBW is the only one left in the backline with the X factor. NZ are definately going to need some x factor to beat Aus and perhaps Wales in the final....SBW would start for me at no 13 with Nonu at 12 any day of the week!!

      Alan - 2011-10-11 15:22

      Did you say Final? *choke choke*

      Andy49 - 2011-10-11 16:18

      @Alan wipe the tears from your eyes - yes he did say FINAL.

      RandomDude - 2011-10-11 16:59

      Did you see Oz play in the WC ? They're utter rubbish. Got mugged by both Ireland and the SBs . Outplayed by Italy in the first half . Even the US gave them a hard time .

      RandomDude - 2011-10-11 17:05

      O Andy, yet another WC "win" for the ABs when SA didn't participate. Sorry no bragging rights this time around either.

      kiwi - 2011-10-11 22:03

      @ randomdude your words they are rubbish .....that doesnt say much for your team does it?

      RandomDude - 2011-10-12 06:33

      Kiwi it does.. if you knew the first thing about rugby you would know who won that game

      raven7 - 2011-10-13 09:42

      the first thing about rugby is the team with the most points at the end wins?

  • DeltaBravo - 2011-10-11 15:27

    Did you know that when a New Zealander emigrates to Australia, it increases the IQ average in both countries???

      blackfan - 2011-10-11 15:36

      At least there is signs of intelligence, unlike here in SA the last couple of days with the exit of the Boks.

      poorwhite - 2011-10-11 15:50 are definitely not intelligent as your are's and is's can like to be muxed ip!

      raven7 - 2011-10-12 05:40 I did not know that thanks for adding that, Did you know when the springboks come to NZ for the RWC they go home in the quarters.....glad they got home safe....ciao!

  • AA - 2011-10-11 16:40

    What surpises me is why the Auzzies keep selecting Cooper at flyhalf. I really though they would have made O'Connor flyhalf and put Cooper on the bench. He definately does not make the smartest decisions.

      RandomDude - 2011-10-11 17:11

      The guy is good when things are going their way.. but my goodness, total crap when his team is on the back foot.

      Shistirrer - 2011-10-11 17:12

      We-e-e-e-ell... Cooper is NZ born and now lives in Aus. That explains his intellect. Born with a disadvantage, compounded by current circumstance.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-12 07:17

    NZ would have a hollow victory if they won the World Cup as they would know that there REF is a crook and thus the 2011 World Cup is over as the New Zealanders know SA was the only nation who would have beaten them. Sorry ,but for a real World champion you will have to wait for 2015. We can beat any team on the field but fall short of ever being able to beat a crooked ref. Hope the IRB check his bank balance.Go Australia,Go France

      Dr Phil - 2011-10-12 07:38

      Perhaps group therapy might be useful Kevin, not to worry, I'm dedicating my next show exclusively for the hard done by Bokke supporters, you're most welcome to attend. ps...don't forget to bring some tissues, and for dinner we're serving "pot-luck" dished up by Suzie

      Surfs Up - 2011-10-12 09:12

      Kevin are you an idiot?? use your brains boet! how on earth can you call it a hollow victory when SA won the 07 WC without playing NZ and Aus?? Utter rubbish boet! IF the boks were good enough on the day, they would have taken their chances and beat AUS to have a worthy spot against the Kiwis! Ask Fourie Du Preez who wad 2 opportunities at the line and loss the ball!! My wors some of the commensts on this thread is ridiculous!! For the sake of sport, give due where it needs to be given! The ABS and Wales are definately the form teams!

  • BM - 2011-10-12 09:25

    I support the All Blacks and yes I am from South Africa. I understand that the ref's decisions were aweful and yes he is from New Zealand. If you recall what the commentators said that there were lots of New Zealanders actually shouting for the Boks on the day so dont blame the AB team or players as their fans were behind your team on that day. Myself and probably many other NZ supporters were probably looking forward to facing the boks in the Semi's as that would have been a beautiful game. What I dont understand however is that when the AB lose due to negligence from the ref (France Forward pass in the last RWC) then we are called chokers and everybody makes a mockery of us and our team, however when the tables turn and it happens to your team then it is a total different response. Yet you get supported on the day to win the game, you get support in acknowledgement that the ref sucked, but you still complain and want to make a mockery of the team and fans that supported you. I think that as a South African making my decision at an early age in my life to support the All Blacks (and proudly supporting them all the way till I die) was not a mistake. They will always be the best win or lose, and I will always support them as the ref had nothing to do with them getting where they are today. I really am sorry if the Boks were cheated and I understand the frustration. Take it out on the ref not the Team or the country hosting the event.

  • FJ2 - 2011-10-12 10:36

    I think Cruden is brilliant and should have been there from the start in place of Slade.

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