The All Blacks lost once to Australia and once to Argentina, and raised some eyebrows at the current set-up. I had described their static attack as being a gradual retreat of a Z sequence. Essentially, a Z is a pod of runners as a screen and a back line distributor with a runner on his […]
Having analysed the work rates in recent Tests of Puma star lock Guido Petti, faithful Wallaby stalwart lineout king Rob Simmons, fired up All Black lock Scott Barrett, and disappointing Blues skipper Patrick Tuipulotu, I asked Nick Bishop who my next 2020 southern hemisphere Test lock look should be.
It started with a statement of intent, before the opening whistle ever sounded. All Blacks captain Sam Cane advanced solemnly towards the halfway line and laid a black jersey upon the ground in front of him. On the back of the shirt, the legend read “10. Maradona”.