@ACT-Crusader said in RWC All Blacks v South Africa:
@pakman said in RWC All Blacks v South Africa:
@ACT-Crusader and decent clean outs.
Our tight 5 aren’t shrinking violets when it comes to that.
Also one of the pleasing things that Savea has really developed over the last year is what Rodders became an expert at and that was shifting bodies. Still not up to where Rodders level, but has been more noticeable to me.
Agreed, but Franks brothers in Dublin still seems a high point (or maybe just a rosy memory).
My wife just bought me the RWC jersey for Fathers Day. I now have to send back the 'black' training tee I bought a few days ago as I like the RWC jersey and am finally prepared to ditch my long-held belief that only All Blacks should wear an All Blacks jersey.
@Wurzel said in AB squad for the Rugby Championship:
Perry has been training/re-habbing with the squad since it was named earlier this month.
Selectors clearly see a role for him seeing as they're keeping him as close to the squad as possible.
I wonder if this one also came from the top?
@Snowy said in Hansen needs his head read:
@Billy-Webb said in Hansen needs his head read:
@Snowy said in Hansen needs his head read:
@canefan said in Hansen needs his head read:
Once we are out the tourney is over for me.
I'm not quite that extreme but Wayne Barnes ruined rugby for me in some ways.
I'm not convinced that it was all above board either.
Substitute Wayne Barnes for Bryce Lawrence in a certain QF in 2011 and we're rowing the same boat.
My view on that is a little slanted. My ex neighbours brother's name was Bryce Lawrence (not the referee). The old bloke (70+) received death threat calls in the middle of the night from SA fans going off their head. He died not long after, was going to happen anyway but pretty f'd up.
Probably what stops me from giving Wayne a call even now.
Wow. That's seriously messed up and uncalled for. Even such a call to the ref Bryce would be just completely f'd up.
Being pissed off is one thing. Making phone calls like that is just wrong.
Whatever your opinion of Adams' stance on the TBs, the guy is doing his bit for the yoof. 3 camps for over 1000 kids free of charge, and he appears in person
Great effort from Yarde against all odds to the point where he almost had Kovalev out of there in round 8. Kovalev also did well to find a second wind and take Yarde out in the end in a fight where he was winning on his jab for most of it.
Ben Teo'o has signed a short-term contract with Toulon during the RWC making him ineligible under RFU rules as a possible injury replacement for England:
@Rapido said in 2020 Olympic Sevens (Tokyo):
I wonder of the highest paid rugby player in the world is prepared to take a weekend off in November for the Oceania qualifying to exploit the Olympic loophole to become Tonga eligible for the rest of his career.
My guess is not.
I hope that the discussion of that topic can again take place in the eligibility thread and not in this thread about the Olympic sevens.
@Nepia said in Jonah the tv series:
@Nevorian said in Jonah the tv series:
@kiwiinmelb said in Jonah the tv series:
A lot of the polynesian boys get gains very easily from lifting/strength training , bit like the african american athletes,
genetically gifted in that area
Not to mention Jonahs favourite food - the Taro, rich in minerals and protein which may have contributed to his ability to gain strength
Didn't they discover a few years back that it was actually the PI yam that was the steroid of the islands and not Taro?
I read that too .
The Wyllie woman behind Netball NZ’s cunning plan
So who is Jennie Wyllie, thrust into the spotlight in New Zealand netball’s darkest hour, and now holding the key to the cabinet with the sport’s three greatest prizes?
@Stockcar86 said in 2020 All Blacks Squad:
@Crucial said in 2020 All Blacks Squad:
If the ABs are set on the Beau-unga combo then it would be awesome to see DMac have a crack at the Sevens for the Olympics. You wouldn't want to give him the tiniest bit of space.
If he is OK upon return. Let's hope he doesn't do a NMS and have no form and little speed when recovered
Unlike NMS he actually had speed beforehand.
New Zealand Heartland XV squad named for Pasifika Challenge
Mark Atkins Poverty Bay
Scott Cameron Horowhenua Kapiti
Carl Carmichael King Country
Josh Clarke North Otago
Ralph Darling North Otago
James Goodger Wairarapa Bush
Campbell Hart Wanganui
Meli Kolinisau North Otago
Seta Koroitamana Mid Canterbury
Glen McIntyre Thames Valley
Brett Ranga Thames Valley
Troy Tauwhare West Coast
Adrian Wyrill Poverty Bay]
Craig Clare Wanganui
Sione Holani West Coast
Lindsay Horrocks Wanganui
Harry Lafiuanei Thames Valley
James Lash Buller
Kalavini Leatigaga South Canterbury
Peni Nabainivalu Wanganui
Willie Paiaua Horowhenua Kapiti
Timoci Serawalu Horowhenua Kapiti
William Wright South Canterbury
Matt Fetu (South Canterbury) is on stand by.
Ahead of their assembly in Auckland next week, Rutene said the players were excited with the challenge ahead of them.
“Opportunities like this don’t come around every day. We are calling this our Test match, it’s the biggest game our Heartland team has played. It’s against a passionate and proud international side and it’s at Eden Park. Both teams can look forward to that.”
Ardie-Cane-Read will be the first choice back row for South Africa, Italy and the knockouts if the ABs get there.
But there questions to ask beyond that. Who covers 6 and 8 to give Ardie and Read some rest for either the Namibia or Canada games? What happens if Ardie or Read are injured less than 48 hours before a test?
From the ARU website:
Major boost to Wallaroos fixture list
The Wallaroos will play the top five rugby nations in the world next year in an outstanding preparation for the women's World Cup in 2021.
The arrival of England and France on our shores next November, on their way back from a tour of New Zealand, will be the cherry on top of a new annual tournament involving the US, Canada, Australia and the Black Ferns.
That annual four nations tournament is set to propel the Wallabies [I assume they mean Wallaroos] from a team full of part-time players with potential, to a competitive unit regularly playing the best nations in the world.
I haven't found anything about this on allblacks dot com, or the websites of the other countries mentioned. Interesting to read that England and France will tour New Zealand in November next year. I wonder whether this new four nations tournament will replace the Super Series? Nothing lost if England and France keep on touring NZ every year (or NZ touring these countries), but if the new tournament means for the future that we don't play England and France annually, that wouldn't be a good development. England and France are the Black Ferns' strongest rivals.