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England were deserving winners. They didn’t bowl any wides, while NZ bowled 7 of them!

England beat New Zealand in a near carbon copy of the World Cup final

Thanks for that. I was wondering why Chris Cairns wasn’t in there but I remembered that he played a season for Northern Districts as a youngster. PS T Latham.

Great cricketing nurseries: Which provinces have produced the best Test players?

Why didn’t they pick Devon Conway? He has the tools to average 45+ in test cricket.

Why quotas help, not hinder, South African cricket

Quotals get blamed when teams lose. Look at the world champion Springbok team. They wouldn’t have won the World Cup without Beast Matawira’s scrummaging, Siya Kolisi’s leadership, and the brilliant running of Kolbe, Am, and Mapimpi out wide. Had the Boks lost in the semifinals to Wales, no doubt quotas would have been blamed.

Getting back to cricket though, Devon Conway seems a huge loss for South Africa. He really should have played 50+ tests for South Africa by now, but South Africa’s loss will be NZ’s gain. South Africa can’t afford to lose players of his quality.

Why quotas help, not hinder, South African cricket

Why not pick a best ever Rugby World Cup winning side.

I’d go
15 John Gallagher 1987 ABs (edges Matt Burke and Ben Smith)
14 John Kirwan 1987 ABs (edges Campo)
13 Conrad Smith 2011 and 2015 ABs
12 Maa Nonu 2011 and 2015 ABs (edges Tim Horan)
11 Bryan Habana 2007 Boks
10 Daniel Carter 2011 and 2015 ABs (edges Jonny Wilkinson and Steve Larkham)
9 Joost van der Westhuizen 1995 Boks
(edges Nick Farr Jones and Aaron Smith)
8 Duane Vermuleun 2019 Boks
(edges Buck Shelford, Toutai Kefu, and Kieran Read)
7 Richie McCaw 2011 and 2015 ABs (edges Michael Jones)
6 Jerome Kaino 2011 and 2015 ABs (edges Schalk Burger)
5 John Eales 1991 and 1999 Wallabies
4 Martin Johnson 2003 England
(edges Victor Matfield and Brodie Retallick)
3 Os Du Randt 1995 and 2007 Boks
2 Sean Fitzpatrick 1987 ABs
1 Steve McDowell 1987 ABs

4 from 1987 ABs
1 from 91 Wallabies (Eales 91)
2 from 95 Boks (Du Randt in 95)
1 from 99 Wallabies (Eales again)
1 from 2003 England
2 from 2007 Boks (Du Randt again)
5 from 2011 ABs (same 5 in 2015
5 from 2015 ABS (same 5 from 2011)
1 from 2019 Boks

The 2015 ABs played better rugby than the 2011 side, so it is clearly either the 1987 All Blacks or 2015 All Blacks.

Who is the best World Cup winning team ever?

Of course they would as the 87 ABs are all in their 50s or 60s!

Who is the best World Cup winning team ever?

Yeah the Saffa’s name is Devon Conway. With Ross Taylor having turned 35 this bloke might replace him in the future.

Great cricketing nurseries: Which provinces have produced the best Test players?

I see that Canterbury is powered by Richard Hadlee’s bowling. If not for many injuries his new ball partner would be Shane Bond (bowling av of 22), for Bond only played 18 tests.

Great cricketing nurseries: Which provinces have produced the best Test players?

A match between full strength ND and NSW teams would be a great watch.

Great cricketing nurseries: Which provinces have produced the best Test players?

Interesting article. Currently Northern Districts would have one of the best (if not the best) 1st class sides in the world, but aren’t even in the top 20 sides listed. Some if the names below are ‘imports’ to the province but they have excellent youth development programmes.

They have Kane Williamson and BJ Watling who’d walk into any World test XI and absolutely ridiculous bowling depth: Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Colin De Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, and Scott Kugglelijn plus a few more players who have played a bit of white ball cricket for NZ such as Anton Devcich, Tim Seifert, and Daryl Mitchell . Corey Anderson has had to leave the province in order to get provincial game time.

Great cricketing nurseries: Which provinces have produced the best Test players?

How many ranking points will the ABs lose for a draw versus Italy (world no 12)? They lost quite a few points when drawing with South Africa earlier this year, but will lose a lot more for this. I expect Wales will return to no 1.

CONFIRMED: All Blacks vs Italy, England vs France both cancelled due to Super Typhoon Hagibis

Not enough votes for the 1987 All Blacks. That was the most dominant WC side ever by a long long way.

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

And Jeff Wilson

The Roar’s 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 5-1

Apologies – should be some Argentinians in there too. Definitely Hernandez

The Roar’s 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 5-1

Amazing to think that Christian Cullen only played in one World Cup, and played at centre, not fullback. In terms of speed, balance, side step at pace etc. he was the most exciting rugby player I’ve ever seen.

The Roar’s 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 5-1

Haven’t even watched all the movies and have no intention of ever going to Hobbiton, but still a Kiwi.

The Roar’s 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 5-1

Suzie should have been no 1. She was more influential than Jonah in 1995.

The Roar’s 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 5-1

These have been enjoyable reads.

Who are the best players to have missed out? IMO
1987 – John Gallagher, Phillipe Sella, Joe Stanley, Buck Shelford, Steve McDowell
1991 – Willie O, Simon Poidevin, Peter Fatialofa, Phil Kearns
1995 – James Small, Ruben Kruger, Josh Kronfeld, Ian Jones, Olo Brown, Abdel Benazzi, Emile Ntamack
1999 – Daniel Herbert, David Wilson, Oliver Magne
2003- Jason Robinson, Joe Rokocoko, Elton Flatley, Stirling Mortlock, Neil Back
2007 – Percy Montgomery, Juan Smith, Bakkies Botha
2011 – Tony Woodcock, Piri Weepu, Brad Thorn,
2015 – Ben Smith, Aaron Smith, Brodie Retallick, Julian Savea, Bernard Foley, Stephen Moore

The Roar’s 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 5-1

I see that Sam Whitelock is the only lock named so far with just 15 players to go. I expect Eales, Martin Johnson, Retallick, and Victor Matfield will all be in the top 10, but the lack of locks so far is baffling. Gary Whetton, Ian Jones, Rod McCall, Ben Kay, Brad Thorn, Abdel Benazzi (also a 6), and Bakkies Botha should all be contenders for the 50, but have missed out.

The Roar’s 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 20-16

Dunno about Stokes being the best – Jason Holder scored a double century vs England this year and is a much much better bowler than Stokes, while Shakib and Jadeja are probably the two best spin bowling allrounders since Aubrey Faulkner. The top 4 allrounders are all absolute guns and De Grandhomme is useful too.

Anyway the Wallabies need to work out how to beat Fiji to make the quarterfinals, and not just focus on Wales.

How do the Wallabies take down the world’s new No.1 team at the World Cup?

Don’t know if the link worked. Google “Ben Stokes Auckland Warriors” and go to images.

Ben Stokes: More than just a cricketing hero

More than just a cricketing hero – also a Warriors fan:

https://images.app.goo.gl/8g8cTe7wna1uURte9

Ben Stokes: More than just a cricketing hero

Actually he might make the Pakistani team too.

Struggling Jonny Bairstow more valuable to England as a batsman than a keeper

It is extremely arguable that Ben Foakes is close to being the best keeper in the world. It is Watling then daylight, although Foakes seems a fine player. Bairstow is a world-class ODI batsman, but will he make it in tests? Apart from Ireland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and perhaps the Windies would he make any test side as a specialist batsman?

Struggling Jonny Bairstow more valuable to England as a batsman than a keeper

“Returning skipper Steve Smith”. Really?!!

Australia must resist the temptation to change the attack for Old Trafford