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All I see is the word nightmare

Probably time to make an appointment at Specsavers then.

All Black to the future at Eden Park

Do you know the difference between a nightmare and a nightmare draw?

All Black to the future at Eden Park

Nah, a loss against SA means the AB’s most likely will play Ireland. If Ireland is in form, that is a nightmare draw for the AB’s and the possibility of going home early from the WC is pretty big (in an AB’s context).
On the other hand, I have a sneaky feeling that Japan will be a handful for both Ireland and Scotland, so we shall see what awaits the loser the of SA-NZ.

All Black to the future at Eden Park

Despite lots of crying from the usual suspects, the quotas have never ever been enforced hardly. Not even close. Are you aware of that?

Your assumption the “quotas” will still be in place 25 years on is pure speculation from you.

Things in SA are far from dandy, I well aware of that, but I prefer this than the humanitarian nightmare SA was before the 1990s. What is your stand if I may ask? And is there a golden period in SA history that I somewhat unaware of when things were good and fair for all Saffas?

I firmly believe that if the Boks can truly represent the whole nation and show what is possible if everyone works together, it will have a positive effect on the wider society too.

All Black to the future at Eden Park

I am actually holding my breath JN. It is pretty obvious that Rassie both take transformation very seriously and that he knows how to play the political game at “Test-level”.
And today it is entirely possible to pick a starting XV for the Boks on merit with 10 players of color.

All Black to the future at Eden Park

I think that is one of the reasons Allister Coetzee failed miserably. He cannot develop players.

Sorry for killing a dead horse again, but I can’t get over that AC “managed” to avoid to pick the players of color with real talent during his tenure as head coach. He must be one of the worst Tier one head coaches ever, if not the worse.

All Black to the future at Eden Park

Yeah, if Rassie gets his back three selection right and they click, other teams better watch out. Nkosi, Kolbe and the boys can all score tries from nothing.
Do you think there is any chance that Rassie will try Kolbe at fullback? WLR has not looked that flash for some time now and Kolbe seems to be unable to put a foot wrong.

Mario Ledesma names Argentina's World Cup squad, complete with one shock omission

Madiba and Rassie would have liked each other, that is for sure.

Mario Ledesma names Argentina's World Cup squad, complete with one shock omission

That the Wallabies “fears” playing at Eden Park, I think we can agree on. But apart from that, Nah.

One things for sure…the SA and NZ sides will handle that pressure better simply because they have jerseys that have done so before.

It is the “jerseys” that play the Tests? I had no idea 😉

All Black to the future at Eden Park

Corne, did you see the comment from the Saffa top-brass that they are so happy with Rassie’s transformation work that they will no enforce the “quota rules” on Rassie?

All Black to the future at Eden Park

Top comment T-man.
We may disagree on many things, but I love that we agree on this (hence it is important and has a positive impact far beyond the rugby fields).

All Black to the future at Eden Park

The Ireland Test last year was built up as a “mini-final” between the two best performing teams in this WC cycle. Who won and played by far the best rugby at that time?
What other “key matches” have the AB’s been involved in since 2015? Maybe the first Test against Eddie Jones England the week before, but that was a win with the thinnest of margins and an extremely lucky call for the AB’s with the wrongfully disallowed English try in the final minute.

All Black to the future at Eden Park

Many fair points, T-man, but lately Ireland has done okayish outside Europe. Just check their results. Wales, on the other hand, has a lot to prove in that regard.

All Black to the future at Eden Park

It is really exciting with a World Cup on truly neutral ground. And finally, it seems all top teams have a good idea of how to prepare for a WC also.
You are a smart and educated man, Harry. You know how bookies make the odds and what makes them change.
Wales-Boks would be a very tasty matchup and as things stand now, it would be incredibly hard to call the winner. At least for me.

I would love if you could pen an article on how Rassie has made the quotas to a non-issue. Saw comments from the Saffa top-brass that they fully trust Rassie and they will not tie his hands with any “sharp” quota-demands. Remarkable. Can’t help wondering if some of the players of color have worked behind the scenes also to help Rassie achieve this?
Overall, the Boks looks like a very very tight unit, and right now they are a shining example of what the whole nation South Africa could be. Nothing is impossible.

Mario Ledesma names Argentina's World Cup squad, complete with one shock omission

Harry,

Obviously, the playing field was completely equal when England came to Republic after a marathon season last year. Playing the first two Tests at altitude made the contest even fairer.

Love how SH rugby fans excuses every loss up north with the “no fuel in the tank” card but take every win in June Tests as proper wins (while ignoring players up north plays 8-10 more games during a season).

Mario Ledesma names Argentina's World Cup squad, complete with one shock omission

You just did, mate. Solskjær’s name is perfectly spelled in your post above.

All Black to the future at Eden Park

I really wished you watched a couple of Japan Test from this year with your analytical head turned on, NB. I am obviously a very happy amateur when it comes to analyzing, but from what I have seen so far this year, only the AB’s on a good day has more speed and better hands than Japan at the moment. As said, they blew Fiji of the park for long periods just a couple of weeks ago, and some of the tries they scored were real peaches.

All Black to the future at Eden Park

No other team has a better record than Ireland against the AB’s in this last WC cycle. Just sayin…

All Black to the future at Eden Park

Indeed.
My youth trainer in football forced everyone (me included) to train without a boot on our preferred foot until we mastered our weaker foot. We hated him for that at first, but after a couple of months the improvements, both individually and as a team, were immense.

All Black to the future at Eden Park

Probably the same way you did, NB. Copy and paste :silly:

All Black to the future at Eden Park

In a presser a couple of weeks ago Rassie said that the talk that teams are holding back lots of things is not really true. Some set-piece moves et al is worked on in secrecy, but overall, there are almost no secrets on the highest level.
To develop new ways of playing and tactics solely on the training paddock is close to impossible. You need to test it in a real situation (and eliminate teething issues).

All Black to the future at Eden Park

It is a classic excuse/explanation for many things in sport 😉

All Black to the future at Eden Park

The positive thing is that Rassie will be the one who picks his replacements, and he is in a pretty much perfect situation to know what is needed from the new head coach.
A very interesting rumor from SA is that there are whispers that Razor Robinson is on the top of the list.
If Razor is available or interested is another question of course. But if Razor doesn’t get the AB’s gig, who knows?

All Black to the future at Eden Park

I think Japan is a real banana skin for Ireland and Scotland also. They played Fiji of the park a few weeks ago and walked the PNC with a perfect record. With top-level coaching and a squad that has been exposed to SR for four years, opponents need to take them very seriously. Home field advantage (combined with the best schedule of all teams) is not to be sneezed at either.

Really looking forward to the warm-up game between Japan and the Boks in a couple of weeks time.

All Black to the future at Eden Park

Many fair points NB.
But if the AB’s lose to the Boks in the first game and Ireland roams through their group with brilliant play, I think it is fair to say that the AB’s will be pretty close to the backs to wall mentality we saw this last weekend heading into that QF.
“Problem” is that Ireland would probably be just as desperate getting rid of their QF monkey on the back.

All Black to the future at Eden Park