Posts Tagged "All Blacks"

There’s a trio of new players potentially set to be called up for national duty in the 33-man All Blacks squad named by Steve Hansen.

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Two articles were published today calling for the abolishment of Super Rugby as we know it.

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It’s time to have a decent rugby revolution.

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Grubs, everywhere

By , 18 May 2018

Some years ago, the people of New Zealand were upset that Quade Cooper’s knee collided with Richie McCaw’s head. And they booed and booed our Quade, and booed him again.

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May is a great time of year. In Sydney, the weather seems to cling onto the warmth of summer, decent swell starts rolling into town making us surfers happy, the Premier League reaches its crescendo.

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When Ireland were being criticised for their patterns of play two years ago, Joe Schmidt stuck with his players and his structured style. Two years later the results of said trust can be seen to be yielding a rich return.

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‘Diversity is Strength’, a New Zealand rugby promotional video released last week, was conveniently timed to highlight key aspects of the Israel Folau controversy.

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Lappies Labuschagne, Dillon Hunt, Pablo Matera and Michael Hooper looked good in my last piece, ‘Super Rugby stat deep dive: Who is tackling the most and the best?‘, regarding tacklers who want to tackle more and get up quickly to do so, dominating a lot of ball carriers, and seldom missing.

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The eternal war between structure and chaos took another turn in the third round of the Six Nations tournament two weeks ago.

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Spiro’s nostalgic trips down memory are great reads, but he seems to have one foot perennially stuck in the past.

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Mark the date in your rugby diary – November 10, 2018. That is the day England take on the All Blacks, in what will be the first match between the two nations for four years and six days.

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Since Eddie Jones took over as England coach in early 2016, the men in white have won 23 of their 24 internationals as well as capturing back-to-back Six-Nations titles.

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The Wallabies’ hopes of ending their long Bledisloe Cup drought have been boosted with this year’s third Test to be played on neutral territory in Japan.

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I am currently gripped with ‘padel’ fever. For those of you unfamiliar with the sport, padel is a hybrid version of tennis and squash.

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Graham Williams’ fingers were so badly damaged during his rugby career he resorted to wearing his wedding ring on a string around his neck.

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A giant has fallen. Former All Black flanker and Wellington games record holder Graham (GC) Williams has died aged 72.

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Historically, many rugby players derive wholesome joy and build healthy camaraderie from sledging.

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article that suggested that the gap between Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere rugby was closing if not closed.

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The rush defence trialled by the Hurricanes in Super Rugby was basically a testing ground for the All Blacks brains trust before they implemented it with the national team – of this I am almost sure.

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NSW Waratahs have poached a potential All Blacks hooker from under the nose of New Zealand rugby.

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