A lot of depth in the backrow for 2018. Which is good considering it’s a position the a lot of injuries seem to occur in and with the HIA rules. If someone gets a bad head knock they (rightly) will be spelled. It’s also a position were a player will often get through 80mins but are absolutely spent at the end, as a bench will normally only carry one backrow reserve. Backing up week to week in the backrow is very taxing. This is one area the WTs coaches, managers and S&C guys will need to manage carefully.
Joel Edwards- don’t remember him playing much after that concussion in July or August. Edwards, suffered four “non-return to the field” concussions since 2014. Don’t think he is re-signed for 2018.
Chris McQueen- Neck Op, looks like a success. We’ll see how he’s looking in the pre-season.
Chris Lawrence - injury gods haven’t ben kind to Chris over the years.
ET. was looking banged up mid season. Looks to be going OK in the RLWC. Will need a good rest after that.
Robbie Rochow has had an injury plagued career. By all reports is fit now.
It’s just as well we have a long list for 2018.
- Josh Aloiai
- Michael Chee Kam
- Joel Edwards (off contract-TBA)
- Matt Eisenhuth
- Chris Lawrence
- Esan Marsters
- Chris McQueen
- Robbie Rochow
- Bailey Sironen
- Jesse Sue
- Elijah Taylor
If everyone is fit, I think the backrow in R1 will be ;
11-ET (70-80mins) , 12-McQueen (70-80mins), 13-Eiso (60-70mins)
Bench- Josh Aloiai, Jesse Sue (more likely front row, could spend time off the bench at 13).
11- Chris Lawrence 12- Esan Marsters (if not playing centre) 13 Robbie Rochow
Bench- Michael Chee Kam
Ron Massey Cup ???
11- Joel Edwards 12 - Bailey Sironen