Well I think Draper was on track for a relatively smooth transition. The ACL may have thrown a spanner in the works there. Of course well still need to find a ruck to come in behind Draper to act as backup/No. 2 (Assuming Draper works out as expected)Not as break glass, no. But Belly hasn't got long left as it is.
He'd be useful for the remainder of this year but not what we'll need for next year (with the possible exception of a month or 2) let alone the year afterP. Ryder out of contract this year. Go after him with a 2 yr deal. Or is he done and dusted?
Head over to the trade thread Dear Leader, we’ve been discussing ruck stocks for weeks.Ruck stocks seems to be the problem that no one wanted to talk about. Now we have to. I think this will have silver lining if we can address the bigger problem.
I vote for the first choice. I almost have no doubt Woosh will go with the second choice.This one will bite hard.
Do we go with:
- Smack as 1st ruck and Hooker forward, bringing in someone like Hartley to play defence?
- Clarke as 1st ruck, play Hooker in defence and Smack forward?
“Tom has a high-grade calf tear, it’s of his gastrocnemius (muscle) in the musculotendinous junction.
“The grade of the injury means he’s going to miss six weeks, particularly given Tom’s size. We think he’ll go two weeks without running and then build up from there.