We’re not but if we were here’s the team we’d go for in the final Test against the All Blacks as we seek our first win on NZ soil since June 2003. Comment below or tweet us your thoughts to @TakeTheThree:
15. Brown – just gets the nod ahead of Ben Foden, who showed amazing awareness to run in a magical try on Tuesday, but we do like Brown’s ability to beat the first man.
14. Watson – deserves his chance given the scintillating break he made against the Crusaders. Chris Ashton did well to get on the scoresheet last weekend but only when the All Blacks knew the game was over.
13. Tuilagi – looked a little lost in defence last week, though generally coped ok, but can provide much more of an impact in midfield – bring him back off the wing .
12. Burrell – controversial to drop Twelvetrees but Burrell is just as good a distributor and we haven’t seen this combo. Worth a look in the last Test.
11. Yarde – the guy has pace and power in spades as proved by his burst through none other than Richie McCaw in the opening minutes last weekend.
10. Burns – Cipriani had a good showing against a weak Crusaders team but we prefer him as an exciting option off the bench who can add some spark if the side drops.
9. Care – has to start – provides the fizz that any team needs to take on the All Blacks.
8. Vunipola – Morgan has turned out a good couple of performances but doesn’t quite have the power of Big Billy and we need front foot ball if we’re to prevail over the mighty ABs.
7. Robshaw – Captain Fantastic – no question here.
6. Wood – no nonsense, gets the job done.
5. Lawes – probably the hardest position to call. Parling has done well on his return but can also be a steady head as a replacement to take over the lineout duties in the later stages.
4. Launchbury – much like Robshaw Launchbury has a ridiculous work rate, industrious in doing everything a 2nd row should and is a good complement to Lawes. Tough on Attwood, who isn’t far behind.
3. Wilson – he’s in for some strong scrummaging work and a couple of good carries (provided he doesn’t drop the ball).
2. Hartley – another tough call as Webber has done little wrong apart from a couple of shaky lineouts last week. Hartley just gets the nod on the accuracy stakes.
1. Marler – finishes off a front row among the best in the world (apart from the Springboks perhaps). While the NZ front row might boast better handling skills, the scrum is an area we can target on Saturday.