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Frank O'Keeffe

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The wheels are falling off for New Zealand. I can now see how things will turn out in the World Cup.

Eddie Jones will lead England to the final. They will play against the All Blacks. It will come a draw. They will go to overtime. Nobody will score and the match will be tied again.

The match will be given to England, and they will be crowned World Champions, based on the number of times they successfully found touch, and Steve Hansen will lose his job for his “ball-in-hand” policy.

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

I haven’t posted in The Roar for a long time, but I had to write something about Lochore.

He was the talisman of New Zealand rugby. Whenever Lochore was involved, New Zealand rugby got better.

As a player, the New Zealanders rank him with Zinzan Brooke and Buck Shelford.

As a captain, he compares to Whineray and Fitzpatrick. He captained arguably the best All Blacks side ever in the late 60s, that toured the UK. Gareth Edwards would always call it the best side he ever played against.

As a coach, he ranks with Fred Allen and Sir Graham Henry. He coached New Zealand to their first ever World Cup. He also coached the IRC Centenary side in 1986, which contained Nick Farr-Jones, Simon Poidevin and Michael Lynagh. Poidevin thought so much of him that he asked him to write his foreword to his book. Nick Farr-Jones called him the greatest “rugby man” he ever knew. Perhaps he is like New Zealand’s version of Danie Craven in this respect.

As a selector, the All Blacks flourished.

Lochore was the talisman.

It was a bad idea to bring him out of retirement in 1971 when he was past his prime, but aside from that, when Lochore appeared, New Zealand flourished.

New Zealand rugby legend Lochore dies