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Post by newport tiger » Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:43 pm

I've just been watching England's great victory from 2003(no not that one, when we beat NZ) and a thought crossed my mind. If you were to pick a fantasy back row it would undoubtedly include one or more NZ/Southern hemisphere players but what if you had to pick a back row unit? I personally believe the Hill/Back/Dallaglio back row is the best back row unit that ever played together, i'm looking forward to peoples opinions especially given that we here at Leicester have seen some pretty good combinations.

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Re: Back Row

Post by Leicestertinytiger » Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:24 pm

Moody Back Corry started against Munster in 2002, great backrow unit.

Plus beginning of the decade you forget in the World Cup year we were stacked in the forwards. Have many other clubs had so many quality options ever in the premiership? Croft Newby Waldrom Mafi Salvi Crane Woods.
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Re: Back Row

Post by Wayne Richardson Fan Club » Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:57 pm

Kaino, Reed, McCaw.

Any backrow with Michael Jones in it.

Jeffery, White, Calder.

Tigers wise so many options, but individually Miller, Richards, Kronfeld.
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Re: Back Row

Post by newport tiger » Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:38 pm

Wayne Richardson Fan Club wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:57 pm
Kaino, Reed, McCaw.

Any backrow with Michael Jones in it.

Jeffery, White, Calder.

Tigers wise so many options, but individually Miller, Richards, Kronfeld.
I share your admiration of Michael Jones and would be tempted to extend your sentiments to any back row with Richie McCaw in it but we are talking back row units that compliment each other.

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Re: Back Row

Post by newport tiger » Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:20 am

newport tiger wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:38 pm
Wayne Richardson Fan Club wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:57 pm
Kaino, Reed, McCaw.

Any backrow with Michael Jones in it.

Jeffery, White, Calder.

Tigers wise so many options, but individually Miller, Richards, Kronfeld.
I share your admiration of Michael Jones and would be tempted to extend your sentiments to any back row with Richie McCaw in it but we are talking back row units that compliment each other.
The NZ one goes without saying but the Scottish one is a strong contender that is often overlooked!

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Re: Back Row

Post by JP14 » Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:25 am

The Croft, Wallace, Heaslip backrow and the backrow of Burger, Brüssow & Spies it went up against in 2009 are both criminally underrated.
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Re: Back Row

Post by TA30 » Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:37 am

France 2011 back row of Bonnaire dusautoir and harinordoquy - sheer class individually and really well balanced together.

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Re: Back Row

Post by Crumblies » Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:36 am

Arrr you must all be youngsters.

You must be if you weren’t you wouldn’t dream of listing the greatest back row forwards and omit Jean Pierre Rives.

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Re: Back Row

Post by BFG » Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:41 pm

I wouldn't mind seeing a back row of Jack Willis, Tom Curry and Ben Earl.

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Re: Back Row

Post by voice of the crumbie » Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:52 pm

Crumblies wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:36 am
Arrr you must all be youngsters.

You must be if you weren’t you wouldn’t dream of listing the greatest back row forwards and omit Jean Pierre Rives.
Have to agree with Jean Pierre Rives. Also surprised that Sergio Parisse, Mervyn Davies and Fergus Slattery don't get a mention. The latter two may be an age thing as with Rives.
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Re: Back Row

Post by JP14 » Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:57 pm

BFG wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:41 pm
I wouldn't mind seeing a back row of Jack Willis, Tom Curry and Ben Earl.
I can see why you think that but in my view, 2 breakdown operators are enough, you either have a flanker that is a lineout pro and does the nuts & bolts like Peter O’Mahoney or our Hanro Liebenberg or a 6 with two breakdown operators or you have a big ball carrying flanker with two breakdown operators.
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Re: Back Row

Post by Longshanks » Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:32 pm

JP14 wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:57 pm
BFG wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:41 pm
I wouldn't mind seeing a back row of Jack Willis, Tom Curry and Ben Earl.
I can see why you think that but in my view, 2 breakdown operators are enough, you either have a flanker that is a lineout pro and does the nuts & bolts like Peter O’Mahoney or our Hanro Liebenberg or a 6 with two breakdown operators or you have a big ball carrying flanker with two breakdown operators.
The opposition would surely have a bearing - either in terms of a threat to be nullified or an advantage to be gained.

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Re: Back Row

Post by Scott1 » Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:48 pm

The best back row ever imo was Kaino/McCaw/Read

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Re: Back Row

Post by Wayne Richardson Fan Club » Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:53 pm

Scott1 wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:48 pm
The best back row ever imo was Kaino/McCaw/Read
Kaino was arguably the best of the 3 at his peak. They really were better than their sum total.
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Re: Back Row

Post by mol2 » Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:10 pm

Delano wasn’t bad.

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