The team at Rugbypass have published their pre-RWC Power rankings for all 20 teams. Worth a read to pass the time until hostilities commence.
Top 10 are:
All Blacks by 20
This is an early vote for you ACT-Crusader - for the annual TSF Biggest Cojones award.
Not saying you may not be proved correct, but while everyone else is going for "close' you've put them on the block there mate
Plus: it affirms my Boks-are-underdogs narrative
Righto. So I am claiming BIG (or is that "bigly" these days?) underdog status for the Boks on Saturday.
Firstly, it is forecast to be raining. And since most of the Boks are used to playing their rugby in dry conditions on hard grounds, compared with the AB's who seem to play at least 50% of their games in the wet on soft grounds, I think that's strike one against the Boks.
And secondly, and probably even a bigger factor, is the ref for the game... a certain Monsieur Jerome Garces.
With Garces as the ref, the Boks have only won 4 from 13 games.
Even more worryingly, is that with Garces handling the whistle, the Boks have won ZERO from 5 against the All Blacks.
So the Boks are the Chihuahua's in this contest against the AB Rottweilers.
Apparently something happened in Brighton ...
You've gone and ruined our friendship booboo.
I watched a lengthy interview with Schalk Burger on telly the other evening, covering amongst other things, this game.
In passing, he offered the view that Heyneke Meyer hadn't settled on who his best team was, and everyone was still playing for places. And in Schalk's view, that meant that when it started getting tight, instead of playing for each other, each Bok was looking after their own self-interest, rather than a committed unit working for each other. Hadn't heard that before.
Given that there are bound to be some refereeing interpretations that are questioned by fans during this RWC, I thought a separate thread on this topic would be warranted. We could perhaps use it as a reference source during the tournament.
Please feel free to add whatever useful information you find on the subject.
I will start the ball rolling with the high and no-arms tackle explanatory video from World Rugby:
I'm just not sure that there is a place for it?
Rugby already has XV's and Sevens.
As @Daffy-Jaffy said it sounds a bit like touch rugby, except the touch is full contact.
But maybe it's just my age shining through... unwilling to move with the times...