Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Aaron Cruden tipped to excel for All Blacks

Posted by Admin On 11:07 AM

New Zealand assistant coach Wayne Smith is confident Aaron Cruden will slot into the squad easily after being draft in to replace the upset Daniel Carter. Cruden got the call after Carter tore his groin at the captain's run ahead of Sunday's final World Cup Pool A match against Canada - which New Zealand 79-15 - and will join the squad in Auckland on Monday.
And Smith, who will be working with Cruden at the Chiefs next Super Rugby season, felt the young pivot's previous skill with the All Blacks in 2010 would stand him in good stead just a few days out from Sunday's quarter-final with Argentina.
He knows the basic pattern,Smith said.Obviously he'll have a bit of homework to do originally. But the key will be to not overload him and keep it pretty simple.With a player like him you want him to play his natural game, which is an aggressive game, so he's impending to the right team because we play plenty of that.
I can't see there being too much trouble. He'll be pretty thrilled.Smith is also convinced fly-half Colin Slade has what it takes to handle the pressure of directing the team when it comes to the crunch of knockout rugby.He's a positive young man. Just watch him playing when he's come through to semis and finals for Canterbury in ITM Cup - he's always played well,Smith said.
He obviously needs time in the saddle but he's going to get that. He's just receiving better every game.Smith believes the self-belief within the squad will help them bounce back from the cruel blow of losing Carter at such a crucial stage in the movement.There's a great saying, 'When you walk in the company of those who believe in you, you can achieve everything, and the whole squad believe in each other,he said.


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