Scott Waldrom made his name as a tearaway openside flanker for Taranaki, the Hurricanes and the Chiefs from 2004-2012. Waldrom made one appearance for the All Blacks in the historic encounter against Munster in 2008. As a sevens specialist, Waldrom played for the All Blacks Sevens from 2004-10. Waldrom has now turned his hand to coaching and continues to be involved in rugby from the grassroots up.Read more exclusive columns
Waldrom picks his women’s Olympics squad
Scott Waldrom 02 Jul 2016 Marc Weakley
With the wealth of talented backs we have it makes things a lot harder and sadly someone is going to miss out who deserves to go. With three back spots left, I would go with Gayle Broughton who along with Brazier has amazing footwork and can carve any team up. Tyla Nathan-Wong is another one of our talented backs and is important because she also brings a seasoned kicking game and is the record holder for the most conversions in the World Series.
Trying to select the forwards is a lot harder with a large number of players given an opportunity to this season. Injuries also took their toll on this group to strip away a lot of the experience. Because of this a lot of pressure will go onto the leader and another one of our top players Sarah Goss. Goss has always been a lead by example type of leader and she is one of the best players on the series for the last few years so will have a huge role in leading the forwards and making sure they get quality ball to players like Woodman.
The women’s team has a lot of versatility about it and with many players able to play in either the forwards or backs it will be an important selection for the coaches of Horan and Bunting to get the mix right.
Without being fully involved in the current squads it’s hard to know where both teams are at with injuries so these have just been a guess but like most New Zealanders I am looking forward to Sunday’s announcement and seeing who will be bringing home the Gold from Rio. Look out for more of my articles as we get closer to the big day and feel free to compare your team selections to mine.
1 Sarah Goss
2 Portia Woodman
3 Kayla McAlister
4 Kelly Brazier
5 Gayle Broughton
6 Tyla Nathan Wong
7 Huriana Manuel
8 Kat Whata Simpkins
9 Ruby Tui
10 Niall Williams
11 Terina Te Tamaki
12 Shakira Baker
Scott Waldrom made his name as a tearaway openside flanker for Taranaki, the Hurricanes and the Chiefs from 2004-2012. Despite being pegged behind All Blacks legend Richie McCaw in the number seven jersey, Waldrom made one appearance for the All Blacks in the historic encounter against Munster in 2008. As a sevens specialist, Waldrom also played in seven tournaments for the All Blacks Sevens from 2004-10 and is currently the Rugby Development Officer for the Avalon rugby club in Wellington.
The Views expressed in this article are those of the contributor and not New Zealand Rugby.