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Carl Hayman could play at RWC !


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content on 26 Jan 2011 at 02:09
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In what appears to be a developing plot, world class tight head prop Carl Hayman could yet be at the Rugby World Cup.

Speculation is rife after reports surfaced that the NZRFU made enquires at the end of 2010 about the former New Zealand front row stalwart.

It is believed that Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is adding weight to the rumours by saying there is a real possibility of Hayman playing for the All Blacks during the September and October tournament.

French newspaper Midi Olympique have also suggested that New Zealand’s medical staff asked for a medical report on Hayman’s health and fitness towards the end of 2010.

Mourad Boudjellal has gone on record to say that he does not want to stand in Hayman’s way as long as he comes back at the conclusion of the tournament.

However NZRFU CEO Steve Tew has described the return of Hayman as ‘fanciful’ and that there is no intent from the NZRFU to pursue Hayman for the RWC.

New Zealand has always maintained strong eligibility criteria, with no foreign based players being considered for national honours.

However many of the New Zealand rugby public are now saying that although the policy has served New Zealand rugby well to date, its life span now looks limited and it is starting to look like a dinosaur of a policy.

With many All Blacks destined for off shore at the conclusion of the 2011 tournament, would it make any difference if Hayman was just another of those high and low profile names to join the South Hemisphere exodus to greener pastures.

Could Hayman be the straw that breaks the camel’s back?

Let’s get the grizzly front rower back in the All Black picture, and let’s add Nick Evans while we are at it !



8 Comments

  • Is this good for NZ HH?

    He is an awesome player, but isn’t he getting on in life a bit?

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.01.11 06:15:47 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) :

    Who knows Rich, still he wouldn’t be bad back-up ! :lol:

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.01.11 06:26:14 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 2) :

    Do you have any idea what his form is like for Toulon?

    I’ve always been for players, wherever they play in the world, to be eligible for their country.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.01.11 06:29:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) :

    I think his form has been rubbish for Toulon, probably why they don’t mind him leaving !

    However wouldn’t be a bad man to bring on when the Springbok start destroying our scrum come Semi Final time ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.01.11 06:32:02 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 4) :

    What is that? A compliment towards the Springbok scrum? haha

    Only kidding.. experience in the front row is something you cannot buy..

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.01.11 06:34:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Did he also manage to choke at a couple of World Cups ?

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.01.11 07:06:18 by Speed7 Reply

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  • I doubt this would happen. It would be a slap in the face of every NZ player that has remained a loyal payee of NZRU and would send the wrong message to players i.e. we can go to Europe for 4 years and then come back just in time for a RWC – just what NZRU don’t want.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.01.11 07:56:33 by beet Reply
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  • Would have loved to see Hayman v Beast, but I think NZ is too smart to allow this to happen – their eligibility criteria has kept their domestic rugby very strong.

    I would have loved to see him at the WC, but like beet said, many a loyal AB will probably pack up if this were to happen.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.01.11 08:17:33 by Big Fish Reply
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