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thats my main concern Jacko…England playing to win, though they dont have to work hard on not impressing it must be said. Jones is a ruthless operator. How they win is far less important to them than the AB’s, who at this point won’t admit it but winning ‘in style’ is actually part of the NZ psyche.

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

true…good idea. Plus I think they should open up to a case by case basis. Have some general rules but allow players to plead their unique circumstances. Nacewa was one that irks most. Played a minute without touching the ball as a kid then grew his game to AB standard afterwards. He had a good case for more lenient rules, and with the way our numbers are leaving why shouldnt we throw anyone an AB jersey to lessen the chances of being picked up as a project player? But that only serves to create a barrier for the player anyway. Sometimes its not until their game matures that a players decisions mature with it. But as it is throw a million at a 20 year old and what do you think theyre gonna do.

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

he’d be better if he used his head…no wait…

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

Henry sure does think outside the box…

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/116350109/all-blacks-sir-graham-henry-and-his-lightweight-plan-to-save-new-zealand-rugby

Great idea, you’d certainly see a fast game but it sounds a bit Sevens-ish in terms of its exclusivity and props on 84.9999kg would be walking nervous wrecks every time they pass McDonalds 😂

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

Djokovic withdraws when he bonks??
Think I need that translation app Harry… 😊

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

odd…Ive seen Wales still going strong in the 94th minute, never mind 74. These guys put in the overtime when they need it!. (I think vs France the groundsman asked them to turn the lights out when they were finished). 😂

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

I think he did that intentionally Fox…just to get that little nibble..send that itch out there to get the place humming…. 😂 (he might even be foxier than the fox) 😊

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

He could struggle in some areas where he’ll have to get his hands dirty. Over the years I’d say hes had more runners around him than he’ll get in the trenches here.

Going up against the might of the Crusaders (and dare I say it a Beaudy inspired improving Blues!) he’s going to have to hit the ground running in terms of adapting to a style ans standard he hasnt had yet.

Looking forward to it actually. He’ll be watched, and compared, closely.

In terms of NZ coaches benefitting Henry had it hard from 2004 to 2007 bar the Lions, who were terrible, and lost in 2007 so I think he and Hansen, who needed another 8 years in NZ to take up the reins, learnt more from 2007 than anything in the NH. And there arent any other significant comparisons.

Whereas I think SH coaches have definitely been part of the improvements in NH rugby. Not all, but generally.

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

I love a good glass half full description of boring. Its…’cute’. 😂

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

Exactly, we get every match here as well as the Currie cup so once again FB hasnt a clue. How on earth would he be in a better position to establish that NH pundits know more?
Silly thing to say.

We just don’t watch them, and seeing a couple of ex ABs running around in strange looking jerseys. Will tell you one thing though, Id say we know more simply because our fully pro teams win more, so we are more often discussing winning rugby.

Some of the NH forums spend laborious hours lamenting their losses every week.

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

What?…what can of worms? 😂 😛 😛

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

Yes I think the same, while I think the ABs have an enormous amount of skills I do question their ability to ride the tide under huge pressure moments, in terms of on field, in the moment leadership across the side.

Carters dropped goals in the Oz and SA matches were on their own ‘just droppies’ but they signalled for me the pinnacle moments in both those tests that the team stood up as one under the most severe pressure points of the tournament.

Its those moments I can see England taking, even if through a just as relatively insignificant event like a dropped goal. We’ve seen them before…the Campo pass to Horan in 91, the winning dropped goal in 95 after Merts missed his, the French tries second half in 99 and yes the french try of the forward pass in 07.

All isolated moments of brilliance or timing, and Carters dropped goals, and beavers kick in 2011 were ours (87 didnt need any 😂 ) and at those moments I felt were the turning points.

All the flair in the world isnt going to help if you are not on centre stage when those moments come.

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

Yeah gotta agree there Nicholas but meanwhile can you give me the names, addresses, height and weight of all those that don’t fall flat on their face in worship of the AB’s, ( oh, and slip a little photo-mug shot quality if you can of each in there while you’re at it please). Just for curiosity purposes of course. 😂 😂

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

Yes, but Auckland have also been hopeless. Theyre now the feeders to the planet.

And pretty sure when they werent theyd have had a couple of POTY.

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

The first three world cups (win, lost semi, lost final) would probably reflect a greater % of Auckland players than even the Crusaders over the last 3. 87 particularly, so its definitely trended south since. Saders had a lot of journeymen bar Merts and Marshall and one or two others up until about when Dc and mcCaw started then oddly did poorest in Super rugby when they had their best players ever- Blackadders run of 8 without a win had the cream of the Crusaders lot- at their peak. And only since most of those players left (DC, McCaw, Dagg etc) are they back on top again- coach change obviously the catalyst.

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

though…Bet youll find of all those attending the tournament more will have been born in Auckalnd than any other city on the planet.

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

If theres a reason they might be considered southern H it will be because they have a team in Super rugby (10 of the Japan squad were in the squad but hardly played).

They are also heavily SH player based, captained and coached…oh that theory’s out the window…so are the north sides. 😊

The battle of the hemispheres: Who's feeling the World Cup heat?

I like efficiency, I think youve just saved 1000 posts being written regardless of whether they win or lose. 👍

Jordan Petaia finally set for Wallabies debut as Michael Cheika names team for Uruguay

Yeah I looked at it on the first morning and didnt see ‘outrage’ as such, some actually thought it was the strongest they could put out.Guess it went downhill from there…

The Wallabies didn't lose because of Romain Poite, but World Rugby, we do have a problem

Great, thanks for that!. I stand wonderfully corrected. Never knew that… 😊

Brave Blossom boilover: Japan stun Ireland at RWC 2019

Being a pro ref must be almost as bad as being a dentist. While you’re working its such a painful experience for everyone else, and, you have to pay for that pain in big helpings! 😂

The Wallabies didn't lose because of Romain Poite, but World Rugby, we do have a problem

When the team was selected I though it was surprising that there werent a lot of anti Foleys around, even though…there should have been. May have been later, but I thought that was odd, given Cheika had finally started to replace him

The Wallabies didn't lose because of Romain Poite, but World Rugby, we do have a problem

I think Ireland just took themselves off the list as far as the ABs are concerned. No way they’re going to have the parity of the AIs or Chicago here. ABs will smell fear off this side for miles. And they aren’t France, capable of scoring from behind the posts.

Brave Blossom boilover: Japan stun Ireland at RWC 2019

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Brave Blossom boilover: Japan stun Ireland at RWC 2019

There…you’re not all bad Neil, I learnt something, again, there.

I always spell capiche wrong.

Doh! 😂

Brave Blossom boilover: Japan stun Ireland at RWC 2019