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    <H2>Ones to watch in 2007</H2>
    <DIV ="storydate">Sunday December 31 2006</DIV>The rising stars of the rugby world


    2007, as every year, kicks off with rugby's busiest period. Not only do the Northern Hemisphere leagues head for their conclusion, but also the Super 14 begins, meaning top action all over the rugby world.



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    if (OAS_listpos.indexOf('2') >@@@@SPAN id=intelliTXT>Richard Kahui (Chiefs) -[/b] A centre who made his mark on the 2006 Air New Zealand Cup (he was leading try-scorer with eight and named tournament player of the year) and was already edging into the first team radar in Waikato by the end of last year's Super 14. With David Hill headed north, Kahui could step into the breach, and brings electric pace and stepping with him.</DIV>
    <STR&#079;NG nd="4">Stephen Brett (Crusaders) -[/b] It isn't easy living in Dan Carter's shadow, but Stephen Brett showed in this year's Air New Zealand Cup that the Crusaders (who also have Pacific Islanders fly-half Tusi Pisi to call on) will not be short of options for the first half of the Super 14 whilst Carter spends his time in cotton wool. A superb solo try against Wellington signalled just what the 21-year-old is capable of.
    <STR&#079;NG nd="6">Isaac Ross (Crusaders) -[/b] Another athletic lock in the Chris Jack mould, has been in NZ age-group rugby from U19 through U21, and is now itching to step up. This year's Super 14 could be the time.
    <STR&#079;NG nd="8">Caleb Brown (Reds) -[/b] a lightning fast winger with a try-scoring knack second to none that we know of... he scored ten tries in his first four games! Australia's full-back in the U21 World Cup in France, he was rumoured to be in line for a call-up to the Australia senior squad for the November tour, although his current Queensland mentor Eddie Jones still thinks he might be a little raw for international rugby. Perhaps after a season terrorising defences in the Super 14, Jones, and John Connolly, might think again.
    <STR&#079;NG nd="10">Kurtley Beale (Waratahs) -[/b] Might not break into the Waratahs squad this year, he is only seventeen years old after all, but few players have generated this much excitement in one rugby fraternity since Jonny Wilkinson got through his A-levels. Already caused a stir when he toured the UK with the Australia Schoolboys team a year ago, he is drawing comparisons from many quarters with the great Mark Ella, and not just because he is Aboriginal stock. His coach on that schoolboy trip, Paul Carozza, has already warned of over-coaching such a natural talent.
    <STR&#079;NG nd="12">Jordan Crane (Leicester) -[/b] Having been welcomed to A grade with a haymaker from Lewis Moody, number eight Crane is now vying to line-up alongside his assailant that day, and if he continues to impress as he has done - and England's back-row continues to distress as they have done - Crane and Moody may end up fighting together for their country sometime soon. Endorsed by Richard Cockerill as 'the outstanding forward of his age-group' for England's U21 teams, with which Crane has won a Grand Slam the past two years.
    <STR&#079;NG nd="14">Dominc Waldouck (Wasps) -[/b] Granted a regular run in Wasps first team courtesy of the unfortunate injury to Ayoola Erinle, Waldouck - together with team-mate Dan Cipriani - has breathed some fresh air into Wasps' back-line, and when Ayoola Erinle returns he may have his work cut out to get back into the team. England also struggle at centre we hear...
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    Gwan toasterhead!!!
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      #3
      Prob the kiss of death....post their 2005 or 2006 lists and we see how many of them made it through!
      Seas suas agus troid!

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        And Their World XV
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        <H2>World XV - 2006</H2>
        <DIV =storydate>Sunday December 31 2006</DIV>The best of the best for 2006


        It has very much been a year of black and red the world over. On the international stage the All Blacks have conquered all, often with consummate ease, and have collected awards galore for their efforts. Meanwhile England have been under dark clouds for much of the time, embarking on a record losing streak and the departure of Head Coach Andy Robinson.



        <DIV =inlineads>@@@@SPAN id=intelliTXT>Domestically it has been a red tide, Munster finally fulfilled their destiny and claimed the Heineken Cup, while on the other side of the world the Crusaders claimed yet another Super rugby title. </DIV>
        Having watched endless games of varying quality we here at Planet Rugby have selected our Team of the Year for you. There have been some outstanding displays, many from payers who we come to expect it from, and a few from rising stars. We can only hope that 2007, the year of the World Cup, will provide us with as much excitement and entertainment.


        <STR&#079;NG nd="3">2006 World XV[/b]
        <STR&#079;NG nd="4">15. Chris Latham (Australia)
        [/b]There was no debate here, Latham is by far the best full back in the world. He has all the footballing skills a player could want and a cool temperament to boot. He is a rock in defence and you can count on him to produce at least one piece of attacking brilliance every time he steps foot on the pitch.
        <STR&#079;NG nd="6">14. Shane Horgan (Ireland)[/b]
        In all of Ireland's success Horgan often is the forgotten man, however he makes our team on merit. Not only is he a powerful ball carrier but has a deceptive turn of pace and is excellent in a one on one situation. He showed his versatility in the November tests with a solid outing at inside centre.
        <STR&#079;NG nd="8">13. Regan King (Llanelli Scarlets)[img]smileys/cool.gif[/img]
        [/b]He may not have played international rugby this year but the New Zealander has been winning plaudits the world over for his performances, epitomised by his outstanding display for the Scarlets away to Toulouse. We would love to see him in the Super 14 proving he is good enough to add to his solitary All Black cap.
        <STR&#079;NG nd="10">12. Yannick Jauzion (France)
        [/b]France can be so frustrating, one moment they are sublime and the next the game seems foreign to them. However despite this Jauzion always manages to stand out in their back line and let his class shine through, expect him to do the same in 2007.
        <STR&#079;NG nd="12">11. Lote Tuqiri (Australia)[/b]
        For all the talk off a switch back to rugby league Lote has been a force to be reckoned with on the field. He has once again kept defences busy with his bruising style of play. The only blemish was a suspension for a nasty spear tackle on Richie McCaw.
        <STR&#079;NG nd="14">10. Dan Carter (New Zealand)
        [/b]Hardly a surprise selection but Carter never fails to amaze us. Just as it seems he is nearing perfection he claims there is room for improvement, so look out the rugby world in 2007.
        <STR&#079;NG nd="16">9. Matt Giteau (Australia)[img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img][/b]
        Having never played international rugby at scrum half before the Wallabies end of year tour Giteau was something of a revelation. He offered the Wallabies a new lease of life and his selection there may just well spell the end for George Gr

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          #5
          Darren Daniel deserves a mention in that list too, hes been rated very highly in LLanelli for a while now and has been playing very well

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            #6
            No Luke Fitzgerald[img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]

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              #7
              If Tuqiri can get into this team you'd have to wonder where Denis Hicksie is so. Mad stuff.

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                #8


                where sivivatu balan and wallace[img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]


                jauzion had a poor season and he is in the team

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                  #9
                  Surely Fla or Oliver ahead of Ibanez. His throwing is dodgy..

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                    #10
                    Flannery only played half a season, and who would Wallace get in ahead of? Having a non-international in the centre too is a frickin joke, I don't think he even played knock-out of the HEC last year did he? They have a few positions ok, but not my pick anyway.

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                      #11

                      Originally posted by danthefan
                      Flannery only played half a season,
                      Thats true, he'd be in there if he'd played the AI's

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                        #12


                        Originally posted by danthefan
                        Flannery only played half a season, and who would Wallace get in ahead of? Having a non-international in the centre too is a frickin joke, I don't think he even played knock-out of the HEC last year did he? They have a few positions ok, but not my pick anyway.

                        Agree about King, he has been picked on the basis of his form in the ML and a couple of HEC games, he's good but until he has been tested at the highest level that is a joke selection for me.

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                          #13


                          Originally posted by danthefan
                          Flannery only played half a season, and who would Wallace get in ahead of? Having a non-international in the centre too is a frickin joke, I don't think he even played knock-out of the HEC last year did he? They have a few positions ok, but not my pick anyway.

                          He has played for the All Blacks, against Wales as it happens

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                            #14

                            Originally posted by The Dave

                            Originally posted by danthefan
                            Flannery only played half a season, and who would Wallace get in ahead of? Having a non-international in the centre too is a frickin joke, I don't think he even played knock-out of the HEC last year did he? They have a few positions ok, but not my pick anyway.

                            He has played for the All Blacks, against Wales as it happens
                            Once, several years ago wasn't it? This is the team of 06 they picked, he didn't play international rugby this year.

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                              #15


                              Originally posted by Kerry-Exile
                              Originally posted by danthefan
                              Flannery only played half a season,
                              Thats true, he'd be in there if he'd played the AI's

                              Not if they have King in there!And how do you classify
                              October-July as 1/2 a season? Wheres the other 1/2 then?
                              Seas suas agus troid!

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