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    Default Re: International games and front row requirements

    Australia has been training its Props to play at hooker too to give them a more versatile front row.

    This has been done by many teams and in many world cups, nothing new.

    Risks, you could have an inferior hooker, if serious injury the third choice hooker (James Hanson) will be on a plane out for the following game so it is just a one game/half a game contingency.

    I see no issues.

    Also in the RWC the teams actually define all the front row capable people, not just props, in this case the people that can play more than one position have more than one position listed.
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    Exactly it's not such a big risk.
    The covering prop is only called upon following two injuries or cards in the same game, how often will that happen?

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    Personally I think its a big tactical risk, its no problem having a prop who can fill in at hooker against a minnow in the group, its a big problem if you have him on the bench in a WC semi or a Final. flying in a reserve hooker is not an option in my opening scenario as the reserve cant play for 48 hours.
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    Default Re: International games and front row requirements

    And you can't fly someone in as a red card replacement.

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    It's all about risk & reward. So I gather they feel the risk is worth taking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelflife:302711
    Personally I think its a big tactical risk, its no problem having a prop who can fill in at hooker against a minnow in the group, its a big problem if you have him on the bench in a WC semi or a Final. flying in a reserve hooker is not an option in my opening scenario as the reserve cant play for 48 hours.
    in the RWC after the pool games, it's a whole week between games

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    Default Re: International games and front row requirements

    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    in the RWC after the pool games, it's a whole week between games
    In the scenario I mentioned It was the night before a game, capts run and you pick up a knock type of thing.
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    Default Re: International games and front row requirements

    Or they might get poisoned

    Yes of course there is a risk. But it's a small one

    Personally I would have tried to have taken just two hookers.. If I could find a prop to cover .. AND one of those would have been Dylan Hartley.
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    Suspended England hooker Dylan Hartley could return to the squad during the World Cup, according to forwards coach Graham Rowntree.
    Full article - (BBC)
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'irlandais:302734
    Suspended England hooker Dylan Hartley could return to the squad during the World Cup, according to forwards coach Graham Rowntree.
    Full article - (BBC)
    Yes, well if they had that in mind he should have been training with the squad

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