New Stag's role pondered
Southland rugby coaches
Phil Young and Murray Brown haven't decided whether they
will rush new import Craig McMullen into the starting
lineup for Saturday's division one NPC opener.
play Waikato, in Hamilton, on Friday night and must be
tempted to include the former Brumbies Super 12 and
Australian A player even though he just arrived from
France on Sunday.
has been playing club rugby in France and is still
recovering from jet lag and a major climatic change after
coming from the Northern Hemisphere summer.
off-limits to media yesterday.
just come from the south of France, which is about 40
degrees, to Invercargill, which gives you an idea of where
he's at," Young said.
44 hours (travelling), I think he's a wee bit tired. We
will just have to see how he shapes up.
will take a couple of days to get over the jet lag, so
we'll just have to monitor it day by day with him. I think
the important thing at this stage is rest."
is a first or second five-eighth and has been flown
halfway across the globe to bolster an injury-depleted
Stags' back division.
Gavin Williams is out for the season after finger surgery
while winger Ryan Glover and first five-eighth Andy Miller
should be fit again in three to four weeks.
is also a handy goalkicker and will handle those duties
until Miller returns.
seems certain to be at least named in the Stags' 22-strong
squad for their division one national provincial
championship opener on Saturday night but it may be asking
too much to start him.
not have much time to get up to speed with the Stags' game
plan or backline moves.
will want to have some sessions with the backs but we
haven't really discussed that yet," Young said of the
possibility of McMullen starting.
really have to see how he shapes up."
Brown will name their team tomorrow and it could include
veteran outside back Pailate Fili who is making a swift
recovery from a serious hamstring injury.
been given the all-clear to resume full training this
week. If he comes through training he will probably take
the injured Glover's spot on the right wing.
also said usual first-choice loosehead prop Keith Cameron
would be considered for selection against Waikato.
only returned to rugby on Saturday for the Southland
development team when he played about 30 minutes against
its Otago counterpart. Cameron had been sidelined for six
weeks after a hernia operation.
also had a technical forward session today and he
(Cameron) is looking good actually," Young said.