Posts Tagged "All Blacks"

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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Lev Semenovich Vygotsky lived a short life, but it took years long after his death for his work on developmental psychology to be discovered in the West.

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In a previous thread on an article written by Steiner about the Wallabies 1-3-3-1 attacking structure I had a bit of a rant about my admiration for the 2-4-2 attacking structure used by the All Blacks and their provincial teams.

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As we’ve reached the end of 2017 and 2018 has kicked off the inevitable annual reviews come flooding in – so here’s another one to add to the deluge.

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With Test rugby now completed for the year and the prevailing mood seemingly endorsing a shift in on-field power to the northern hemisphere, will this change be reflected in The Wrap’s World Test XV for 2017?

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New Zealand playmaker Beauden Barrett has been announced as world rugby player of the year, an honour he also claimed in 2016.

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Steve Hansen rates Rieko Ioane among the finest young talents he’s seen after his All Blacks ended the year on a winning note against Wales in Cardiff.

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There are 48 international players who have 100 caps or more, and two more – Sam Whitelock and Tendai Mtawarira – will almost certainly soon join the centurion club.

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Sam Whitelock has been named to captain the All Blacks for today’s test against Wales. It will be his 95th test and his first as captain.

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