Hertford Highlander

Vito looms as an intriguing All Black selection for Port Elizabeth

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, RWC 2011, Springboks on 11 Aug 2011 at 05:55
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Victor Vito looks bound for Port Elizabeth next week and could make the All Black match day 22, in what is an intriguing All Black selection a mere two weeks out before the 30 man Rugby World Cup squad is named.

The All Blacks selectors have called up the block-busting Wellington Lions Number 8 Victor Vito to training today as the All Blacks prepare for their trip to South Africa.

It looks certain that Vito will be on the plane this weekend for South Africa, however his inclusion has caught the media on the back-foot with next to no one expecting the 6 Test former All Black to make the trip after not featuring in the All Blacks so far in 2011.

Vito’s inclusion has everyone questioning the fitness of the incumbent 5 All Black loose-forwards. McCaw, Kaino, Read, Thomson and Messam so far look to have a strangle hold on the loose-forward berths for the Rugby World Cup but it has always been thought that if sufficient cover could not be generated from the bunch for McCaw at openside flanker then the door could still be ajar for a specialist openside to jilt one of the clique . The likes of Matt Todd (Canterbury), Scott Waldrom (Taranaki), Luke Braid (Bay of Plenty) and Daniel Braid (Auckland) have all been courted in the past as chances for the 30 man RWC party as a specialist fetcher behind the All Black captain.

Vito’s inclusion looks like either one of two things. Either the All Black selectors plan on leaving two of the incumbents behind and Vito is therefore just making up the numbers or they have firmed on their thinking to McCaw’s back-up and Vito could still feature in RWC squad. On the face of it Messam (who played every minute of the Chiefs Super season) looks most at threat if the latter is true. However on reflection the All Black selectors may be totally happy with their 5 loosies, who to be fair have hardly put a foot wrong, with all of them displaying fine form at some stage of the international season to date.

As a smaller revised squad departs for the Republic this weekend, Vito’s selection could again prove a master stroke from the All Black selectors as many of the tourists will have absolutely everything to play for in P.E.. Vito’s inclusion could provide the potential catalyst to a much needed quality performance from the All Blacks against a hurting Springbok side away from home. It signals from the selectors (to the players) that nothing can be taken for granted at this stage of the season – with a mere 2 weeks before the All Black RWC squad is named in Australia. Vito’s inclusion has provided a curve-ball that few were expecting from either inside or outside the squad.

Expect Victor Vito to arrive in South Africa next week, expect him to play and expect him to have just as much chance of making the RWC All Black squad when the names are read out in Brisbane the following week.


  • Awesome player and a very nice guy.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.08.11 08:36:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • So glad he doesn’t play 7’s anymore.Used to beat teams on his own.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.08.11 11:15:01 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • HH, I wouldnt be too concerned.

    He’s just making up the numbers. Henry is no fool; he’s just more tactful than de Villiers but the result is the same: second string side for the away leg of the Tri Nations.

    There is no reason for Henry to risk players that have proved themselves during the season and cemented their place in the squad.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.08.11 13:44:17 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Even being a die hard Bok supporter, I always feel that the Kiwi’s can pick a second string team and it will be competitive enough to still win games. And I think one of the reasons is being allowed to have a ” Maori” team which is allowed to play International teams on a regular basis. This gives a lot of excelent players test experience. Its due to this that I feel the PC aspect has it all wrong in SA, I think they should be allowed to select a “Black” team (or previously disadvantaged team) which ever way you want to look at it, and allow these players to play touring teams. So what if they are thrashed, because I am sure with this sort of exposure these players will improve and just maybe might end up being a very competitive outfit one day like the Maori team is now. And then these improved players will really add something to the player depth for the Bok squad. I know this is just a pipe dream, but honestly I do think it would be advantageous to SA rugby in the long run. And also might give Gary Boshoff some pause in his vitriol ❓ 😕

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.08.11 23:15:48 by Dynamite Reply

  • Shock horror. 😯 :mrgreen:

    McCheat & Den Cardah not coming to PE.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.08.11 08:47:05 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : 😆 @ den cardah!

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