Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rene Ranger's massive tackle on the Brumbies' Nic White

Rene Ranger appears to be unsure of what the future holds as he is reportedly trying to get out of the contract that was signed to join Montpellier in France later this year. He has been in great form, so could well be part of the All Blacks setup.

Ranger was included in the All Blacks training camp and with players like Richard Kahui and Tamati Ellison moving to Japan, Ranger has a decent chance of adding to his three Test caps.

He reportedly signed a hefty contract to play in France after the domestic season, but is now reconsidering and has said that his agent is doing what he can to rectify the matter. At just 26-years-old, playing for his country seems to be worth the apparent financial sacrifice.

"I'm still deciding. If the option is to stay then there's things you have to deal with within the contract. Nothing is 100 per cent. It's still a waiting game," Ranger said a few days ago.

"If the opportunity is to stay then there could be a payout. I'm not to sure. The agent is dealing with that. I'm still deciding whether I stay or go. I told them [Montpellier] I've been in the camp. Whether Shag [Hansen] takes me or not I'll just have to wait and see."

Ranger's strong Super Rugby form with the Blues makes him a fan favourite and his versatility, being able to play both in the midfield and on the wing, makes him an exciting prospect.

"I still see myself not in the frame. They've still got Conrad. Even if he takes a sabbatical they've got Ben Smith. Everyone is chopping and changing positions. Versatility is good, but will you be on the bench? Will you start? It's one of those hard decisions," he explained.

Conrad Smith has confirmed that he will take an end of year sabbatical, but he will be available to play against France, and then later in The Rugby Championship. This means Ranger would have a strong chance of making the overseas tour, which could make things worth sticking around for.

Against the Brumbies Ranger crossed for a try, but it was this punishing hit that sparked some life into the Blues performance. It's not the first time he's done that this year either.

As for scrumhalf White himself, he didn't do his Wallaby aspirations any harm with a commanding performance that helped the Brumbies to a hard-fought 20-13 away victory.

Would you select Ranger in the All Blacks squad to play France?

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ruckinmaul May 28, 2013 6:19 pm

boomfa!

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Full Back May 28, 2013 6:32 pm

To select him on the All-Blacks you'd have to know who to drop, I'm not sure I would to be honest.
Let's be straight, if he was in any other country there'd be no doubt about him playing international rugby, but the all-blacks have the backline pretty much covered.
I'd try Fruen out before Ranger to be honest.

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Matt May 29, 2013 2:35 am

Wouldnt put Fruen in over Ranger now WAY ! , ranger is far better and 10 times fitter , if ya's didnt notice Fruen in the back play after a run he goes missing on the side huffing and puffing and can hardly make a tackle becasue of that , it's becasue he has had an operation on his heart his fitness just isnt there ..

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TotesMcGoates May 29, 2013 6:46 am

I'd agree. Fruen was a form player last year but Ranger is definitely the man this season; he's been immense for the Blues. It's hard to see Conrad Smith being dropped for anyone but Ranger's been better than Ben Smith, and with his versatility I see a black jersey in his near future.

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vilieO May 28, 2013 7:08 pm

I'd choose him over Fruen anytime, so what if his first tests weren't that flash,the guy deserves a second chance having played some really good rugby this season...Nonu ,Smith are both nearly reaching the finish line,why not invest in Ranger? he has done what was asked of him and more...

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Flying Dutchman May 28, 2013 7:24 pm

I broke a rib just watching that

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Eddie-g May 28, 2013 11:07 pm

I like this delicate phrasing, RD: "[Ranger] is now reconsidering and has said that his agent is doing what he can to rectify the matter."

No, he signed a contract and is now trying to get out of it. He's obviously not the first guy to do this, and his reasons are understandable... but you know, he shouldn't.

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Shane Johnston May 29, 2013 12:05 am

Rene ranger definitely better than Robbie fruen and you play him on the wing for the all blacks

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Canadian content May 29, 2013 12:53 am

One of the most dynamic players in the world. ABs would be dumb to not give him a go. Way better all round player ham fruen.dont drop any stArters, put him on the bench and bring him in wherever u need him from 11-14.

And he was able to partially wrap might I add and bring the player to the ground. Unlike kahui in recent posts.

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Craig May 29, 2013 2:40 am

I like Ranger, he is a deceptively strong player who is consistently able to maintain his feet and forward momentum when taking the ball into contact. He very effective and destructive with the ball in hand.
In my mind he is currently ranked second behind Conrad as a center. However he is likely to lose out on a bench spot because Ben Smith is more versatile and can cover 13, 15 and wing. If Ranger manages to hang around due to Smith's upcoming sabbatical he is likely to get a prolonged chance starting.
I think he has the definite potential to be a great AB he just needs to work on his defensive positioning and some of his option taking.
Its a shame he signed to go to France, judging by his comments discussing the competition for the AB jumper (even with Kahui and Ellison heading to Japan), I imagine he maybe reluctant to buy himself out of a contract to achieve something that may not happen (a regular test starter).

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Guy May 29, 2013 8:58 am

Surprised White got back to his feet so quickly. Restecp!

Not sure about his contractual antics. If you signed a contract, man up and fullfill your obligations.

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TisE May 29, 2013 11:14 am

This one makes me chuckle every time. There's something cartoonish about the way the ball just keeps going. You half expect it to be White's noggin that keeps going, just out of sheer momentum. And I'm pretty sure I saw Ranger and White shaking hands at the end of the game and having a laugh. Good stuff.

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Jeri May 29, 2013 12:22 pm

I swear this guy gets stronger as his afro grows bigger

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Newfie Rugger May 30, 2013 3:34 am

you all forget conrad smith is out for the upcoming internationals, they need a new starting 13. Ranger is the form 13 for nz right now

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