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Thanks for the article. Us New Zealanders always have high hopes for our cricket team and many times have been let down. Only in recent times have we been a consistent performer (last 5-6 years). However World Cups the team seems to galvanize and we get some good performances.

Your question of Have New Zealand – despite their apparent success at the World Cup – ever really been a threat? Or are they just big-hearted cricketers who push the bigger nations as far as they can? Is a fair question. We have been to the knockout stages enough to be a threat but never quite kicked on. We also do have a habit of pushing bigger nations as far as we can, such at Australia in pool play in 1992 and 2015, South Africa in 2003 and 2011.

This years tournament I expect the Black Caps to be in the mix however with England, India, Australia and South Africa this will be a competitive competition. Our bowling attack will be hard to get away if we can get some swing assistance and in Guptil, Williamson and Taylor there is 3 quality batsmen capable of scoring big.

Is NZ's World Cup success a myth?

I am surprised that 3 of the 5 have gone for the Blues. History and form are against them at the moment. I say this as a Blues fan. I think the Chiefs last 2 efforts have been very moral boosting and think they will be more clinical than the Blues.

I will be interested to see how the Canes go without Beauden Barrett this week. The Jaguares can always cause an upset. This should be an open running game with some good attacking skill on display.

Super Rugby Round 14: What follows a good round?

Another big prop was Soane Tongahuia who had a long career at Northampton. He was a similar build to Census.

I think if Moli stays injury free he is going to surpass Ta’avao. Keep in mind Molis injury last year gave Angus and Karl T their breaks at the Chiefs along with Kane Hames as well.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

Thanks Nicholas for the read. I remember when Census Johnston first came on the scene in Auckland Club rugby. He was a monster of a man. I didnt realise he had a brother though.

Allan Alaalatoa was superb against the Blues. His brother Michael has done some really good stuff with the Crusaders. I do wonder where is International eligibility would be with.

One prop in New Zealand that put his hand up over the weekend was Atu Moli. Really pleased to see him playing well after his long injury lay off.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

Atu Moli was superb on the weekend especially in his general play. Nepo Laulala is a powerful scrummager and can see him having a good stint in the All Blacks once Franks leaves.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

I have a feeling the Chiefs vs Crusaders game is being played in Fiji in a couple of weeks time. Crusaders should still have too much for them, however the Chiefs have had some good character building performances in the last 2 weeks. They will be dreading their poor start to the year.

The “schizophrenic Jaguares” is a great call. It is a shame they don’t have any day games in South Africa left as that is where they are at their flamboyant best.

Five weeks to go: The Super Rugby run home

Yep he is another one who I reckon should be in the mix. His game management and his clearing kicks a right up there as the best from a halfback in NZ.

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round 13

You have made some good selections there based on what action I saw over the weekend.

Brad Weber is playing so well that an All Black squad member cannot even get regular minutes for the Chiefs. Based on form Weber is doing everything he can possibly do for another chance at test football.

Ardie Savea is definitely the best open side in Super Rugby and must be close to the best in the World.

I was really please with how well Atu Moli played. Was very industrious.

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round 13

Yeah mate Fraser Armstrong goes ok but still dont really have the quality props. They are well serviced at hooker though.

Super Rugby Round 13: Lucky for some?

Think Tom Robinson failed a head injury assessment so wasnt available this week. Probably needs a rest to be fair. He has played a large amount of minutes and been pretty busy.

Super Rugby Round 13: Lucky for some?

The Canes should be too good for the Blues. Will be interesting to see who has the dominant scrum on Friday. Canes have been poor in that area most of the season and the Blues with 2 All Black props got decimated by the Brumbies.

The Highlanders vs Jaguares game will be entertaining in the indoor stadium. Highlanders should come out on top. I have gone the Chiefs as I think their moral will be higher after both teams drew last week. A Crusaders team after a rusty performance is never good for their next opposition. The Lions and Tahs maybe painful to watch but if played in the day time could be a few tries about.

Thanks Harry. I have learnt two new words. Fettle and Alacrity.

Super Rugby Round 13: Lucky for some?

As long as they are cleaning them out with arms wrapped around the player and not blatant shoulder charges I don’t mind.

Can rugby return to real rucking?

Well summed up Nicholas as always. The introduction was outstanding. It does my head in when people resort to unnecessary violence on the field. The game is already physical enough without any foul play.

Choke tackles are being frequently used more and more. One player that does them really well is Jackson Hemopo from the Highlanders.

In terms of players cleaning players out at ruck time, there is a lot of borderline dangerous types going on. As much as Brodie Retallick is a quality player he is one that I have noticed when he cleans out he often does not use his arms and usually targets players on the fringe of the ruck that are not actively involved in the contest for the ball. Hopefully we can see this type of area more heavily policed for player safety.

Can rugby return to real rucking?

I think come World Cup most of the teams will realise the importance of taking the 3 especially when it comes to the knockout stages. Some teams do back themselves to get the tries after turning down a kick-able goal. Guess it is a matter of judging game momentum and the situation when you think a team can break.

What impact could Super Rugby teams ignoring points have in a RWC year?

Outstanding read mate and I am sure like other readers this has got people pumped up for the big show in Japan in September.

Sir Michael Jones was also the first try scorer in the 1991 World Cup. From memory they did not select him in 1995 as a lot of their games were on Sundays. He was also missed in the 1991 semi-final against the Wallabies. He was a superb rugby player. John Eales, Os Du Randt and Jonah Lomu are some of the greatest players to play the sport.

A bolter for me this year will be if selected Will Jordan from the Crusaders. I also think Tom Curry from England could be a star for England.

The best Rugby World Cup bolters of all time

Yep good point a lucky escape is a good way to describe it.

Nine talking points from Super Rugby Round 12

He is probably glad he didnt play much more. He is worth about NZ$ 90 million working as some big corporate.

Another New Zealander was Rodney Redmond. Scored a century and a 50 test debut in the 70s and never played another test.

The three unluckiest cricketers in history

Parker would be a great asset to any team with that great goal kicking accuracy. I do wonder whether he can be lured back to the Highlanders.

The Sharks really put the Crusaders under pressure on Friday and will be gutted they conceded the late try. The Crusaders still got away without defeat which does show their class. I agree that Mounga is a key for them in leading their attack. I would imagine they will bounce back this week.

Nine talking points from Super Rugby Round 12

I was really impressed with Indian when they came to New Zealand at the start of the year. They are a lot more comfortable playing away from home now due to having a strong seam attack that complements their spinners and strong batting lineup.

I think England, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand will all be in the hunt.

Is it true there is going to be more emphasis on spin playing a part than the swing and seam you traditionally see in England? I

The Cricket World Cup is wide open

Thanks for the feedback mate. Thats greatly appreciated. I think Luke Whitelock and Akira Ioane could be battling out for a backup 8 jersey. Whitelock is a top defender and offers some good leadership. It is a shame he is leaving to go to Pau.

Six options for the All Blacks' No.6 jersey

I have gone the Blues (partly due to loyalty) plus the Brumbies backing up from a road trip. However I think the Blues are without Reiko Ioane this weekend.

Highlanders should be too strong for the Chiefs but it will be close.

It will be interesting to see if the Hurricanes have the same freedom as they did last week. If they do could be a long night for the Rebels.

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Super Rugby Round 12: You’re hereby warned

Thanks Nobody. Appreciate the feedback. Dont think I will ever be a professional journalist but enjoy doing the occasional write up.

Six options for the All Blacks' No.6 jersey

I see him more as an 8 option that can play 6 if needed. He has shown some good signs that he wants to be an All Black this year. No questioning his ability and seems his attitude is better this year and has taken some advice on board from the selectors.

Six options for the All Blacks' No.6 jersey

I think Read will time his run so he is peaking in September. I thought he had a really strong game last week and was probably the best Crusader forward against the Lions. He will know what he needs to do to be primed for the big dance.

Six options for the All Blacks' No.6 jersey

Agree with you on Elliot Dixon. Seems to have a new lease of life since returning from Japan.

Evans has barely played. Been injured majority of this season. Another very good all-round player. Can play all 3 loose forward positions, has a good turn of pace, skillful and is an excellent line-out operator that is quick off the ground.

Six options for the All Blacks' No.6 jersey