I am a freelance journalist who was born in NZ and raised in Northern Ireland but spent most of my working life in Australia. Former Sun-Herald sports editor, rugby tragic and current Roar and RugbyHeaven contributor. Lucky to be able to write about a subject I love.
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There are few better places to start looking for a side’s prospects in 2013 than reviews of their play last year. Another look at the tapes can challenge prejudices the viewer might nurture – or confirm opinions already held.
In the first round of Super Rugby in 2001 – the most recent British and Irish Lions tour year – the three Australian provinces taking part in the then Super 12 all recorded victories ranging from handy to handsome against New Zealand opposition.
Blessed is the turn of the year. With it comes the promise of fresh starts and renewal: clean pages for all after a largely disappointing year for Australian rugby in 2012.
Throw out the question “what makes the world’s best side” and a heap of answers might come back your way.
It might have slipped through the cracks but there was a telling remark about Israel Folau last week from a purely rugby perspective.
It is a slightly cheeky exercise but add together the two standout performances from the Spring tours and you end up with a total of Northern Hemisphere heavyweights 71, Southern Hemisphere 24.