five-eighth


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five-eighth

1. Austral (in rugby) a player positioned between the scrum-half and the inside -centre
2. NZ (in rugby) either of two players positioned between the halfback and the centre
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London, who welcome back the league's top tackler, Steele Retchless, ought to fancy their chances of causing an upset, although they will definitely need Karle Hammond to have a stormer at five-eighth because of their long injury list.
Rice is reportedly dating Wallabies five-eighth Quade Cooper.(ANI)
Second five-eighth? For the non-afficionados, it is the term applied to a 12 who is viewed not as a banging gain-line merchant, but rather a secondary playmaker.
For years New Zealand played with a first five-eighth and a second five-eighth at No 10 and No 12, two playmakers to be precise, and the No 13 was known as just 'centre' and in more creative days a lot of others used to do the same.
Robinson has long been looking for a playmaking inside centre, as illustrated by the debacle over Steven Shingler, with Horne and Edinburgh's Matt Scott among the options to play as "second five-eighth", as the All Blacks call it.
"At five-eighth you get it a lot more when you want it, so he's looking forward to that opportunity.
"We still need to find him a five-eighth partner so we have plenty of work to do before we can get the best out of Danny.
Too strongBut Tonga were simply too strong for their northern hemisphere counterparts, who failed to back up their shock win, Scotland's first in World Cup history, over Fiji just last Wednesday.Leading 24-0 at halftime, the Tongans picked up where they left off when Tony Williams smashed his way over in the 45th minute, his conversion giving Tonga an unassailable lead.Cooper Vuna crossed for his second try 10 minutes later to make it 36-0.Tired defence couldn't hold the Tongans from there, with tries from Fetuli Talanoa (59th) and Michael Jennings (80th) completing the rout.The Tongans had taken just four minutes to get on the board, using five-eighth and man of the match Feleti Mateo's height to advantage.
"There's not a lot of international experience at second five-eighth (inside centre), so I guess they are the two major holes." Since the World Cup, the All Blacks have lost locks Chris Jack and the retired Keith Robinson, while centres Luke McAlister and Aaron Mauger have also gone abroad.
"Potentially he could be a full-back or a five-eighth and at the moment he's doing a good job on the wing.
There has been a positional switch for Sonny Bill Williams, who will play inside Smith at second five-eighth.