That is true but only 2 THPs were used throughout and every coaching staff is going to be faced with a tough choice of squad composition. At the last world cup, from a quick look, a high percentage of sides, if not all went with 5 props, so perhaps wrongly assumed they will go with 5.clydecloggie wrote:Yes, but one of them was Jon Welsh who is an LTH prop. This time there's no 1/3 hybrid and I can't believe the squad will only have 2 LH or TH props.Big D wrote:Only 5 went last time.clydecloggie wrote:Also: only six props named who will presumably all travel to Japan. Congrats Mr. Bhatti, Dell, Reid, Nel, Berghan and Fagerson.
Assuming at "worst" a 17/14 split, 6 props, 3 hookers and 4 second rows leaves only 4 spots for back row. Even with Skinner in the squad I think they'll want 5 specialist back rows.
I am a wee bit surprised there wasn't another prop each side in the squad to cover injuries in the squad. 4 warm ups is a fair number without someone picking up an injury.