Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Justin Marshall Picks out Key Clashes and Admits Wallaby Has Been No1 Star

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Justin Marshall Picks out Key Clashes and Admits Wallaby Has Been No1 Star

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Byline: Jason Robinson

Former All Black Justin Marshall is one of the top rugby players, along with Kyran Bracken, Nick Evans, Trevor Woodman, Katy Mclean and Martin Corry, who have been hosting the London Pride Clubhouse throughout September and October fullers.co.uk/lpc RICHIE MCCAW v MICHAEL HOOPER My cousin Daryl Gibson is coaching at the Waratahs and says that Hooper (right) refuses to put on the protective padding during contact sessions because he prefers to just take the hits! The rest of the Wallaby back row all do their jobs so well that it enables Hooper to show his explosive running as well as skills in the contact area. He is up against the legend that is McCaw and there is no better competitor in the game. I remember him turning up at the Crusaders for the first time and he was a real pain in the arse! There simply aren't enough superlatives to attach to him.

the being line-so and than role best a MA'A NONU v MATT GITEAU These two vastly experienced men will be playing very different but equally important roles for their teams. Nonu is used mainly as a ball carrier while Giteau (right) is a key distributor, who also fills in at fly-half. Nonu is such a strong ball carrier that he will be running right down the channel defended by Giteau and Bernard Foley and they will be asked to make a lot of defensive tackles. It probably took Giteau four or five matches to get back up to the speed of Test rugby and it makes this such a fascinating duel tomorrow.

using ram him was not JULIAN SAVEA v ADAM ASHLEY-COOPER Michael Cheika's decision to play Ashley-Cooper on the wing means the back knows exactly what is being asked of him in this Wallabies line-up. Wings are expected to do so much more work these days and it suits Ashley-Cooper rather than being in a more restricted role in the centre. …

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