#6 There will be injuries
Some of the best rugby players will not be in the critical stages of Rugby World Cup 2019 because they will be injured.
That will include one or more All Blacks.
Why this matters
Some players are better than others, and that’s important, but it’s not enough.
Having depth across the park is more important than having one or two out of the box individuals. Because if you base your plan for winning a team game around a specific individual you will be left high and dry when that individual is injured, or just has an off day.
This has long been seen as an All Blacks advantage because of the depth of talent in our domestic game, and we’re in a good situation across many positions in 2019, particularly in the backs. Frankly, if you’re arguing about whether Barrett or McKenzie or Mounga should start at first-five, you should chill because that’s some depth just there.
Me, I worry about props and locks. And hookers. And blind side flankers. And ….
The Beaver in 2011. That is all.