Pick Tuip­u­lotu: Jones

Fiji Sun - - Sport - Welling­ton: -Rugby Heaven

Pa­trick Tuip­u­lotu de­serves a trip to Japan, says for­mer All Blacks lock Ian Jones.

Jones be­lieves tak­ing Tuip­u­lotu as the All Blacks’ fourth lock to the World Cup next month should be con­sid­ered a ne­ces­sity rather than a lux­ury - es­pe­cially with Brodie Re­tal­lick still re­cov­er­ing from a shoul­der in­jury.

Re­tal­lick dis­lo­cated his shoul­der against South Africa a month ago, and may not be de­clared fit until the sud­den-death phase of the global tour­na­ment which starts on Oc­to­ber 19-20.

Tak­ing only two fit spe­cial­ist locks in Sam White­lock and Scott Barrett will be too risky be­lieves Jones, who played 79 tests and rep­re­sented the All Blacks at three World Cups between 1989 and 1999.

Jones would rather the All Blacks’ went into their first pool game against South Africa in Yoko­hama on September 21 with a full quota of tall men, in­stead of ask­ing a loose for­ward to pro­vide back-up for White­lock and Barrett.

“With­out a spe­cial­ist lock in that po­si­tion, I think it is too big a risk,” Jones said. “The risk you take is to drop that game … and Brodie might not be ready for the quar­ter­fi­nal and you have the same sce­nario, po­ten­tially, against who knows - Ire­land?

“So I don’t think we can take that risk. I would pre­fer that we have specialist­s in those roles.”

When the All Blacks drew 16-all with South Africa in Welling­ton on July 27, they not only lost Re­tal­lick af­ter a crude clean-out by re­place­ment lock RG Sny­man.

They also left know­ing the South African for­wards had lost none of their ag­gres­sive at­ti­tude, and will be pre­pared to use brute force once again when they meet next in Yoko­hama.

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