@canefan Roger Moore was the James Bond I grew up watching in the 1980s so I was saddened to hear of his passing despite his age.
I read this on another forum.
Ireland have been seriously good for some time. They should have beaten us in Christchurch a few years ago. They should have beaten us in Dublin in 13. They did beat us in Chicago.
That win in Chicago was the catalyst for this victory in Dublin. Ireland now has the belief they can win these games, and that is half the battle.
The disappointing thing from an AB perspective is that Ireland played exactly how everyone expected them to so Hansen and co should have had a game plan to counter that.
As Selectors pointed out its work rate and energy levels for Akira. ABs need the forwards to work, clean out rucks, link etc so backs can finish which is probably why Akira not chosen
Is "workrate and energy levels" a euphemism for masquerading on the wing ala Fifita?
I'm 2 days late reading this thread so I'll only make a few comments.
I was high up in the stands in the corner where Jordie scored so had a good view of the other chances at the same end of the ground. Both BB and Laumape could have also scored tries as they were in gaps but fumbled under some defensive pressure. But no excuses for Savea - that was a definite try if he had caught the bloody ball. As many have said, if we had taken 1 or 2 of those chances the ABs would be well ahead at HT and in control of the game, as the Lions were never going to score multiple tries.
The thing I was most pissed off about was that the officials let the Lions slow the game down all the time as not all the injuries seemed to be genuine. It was like watching a RL game when the support staff run onto the field at every opportunity. Read should have spoken to Poite about this too.
Now for something about the Lions tour in general. I picked my father up from the airport earlier in the day as he had been working in Europe and was going to the game with me. He travelled back to NZ via London and was sitting next to a guy who was flying into Auckland to attend the 3rd test and flying back to the UK the following day - that's dedication. And at the test there was a South African guy (wearing his Bok colours) next to me who also flew to NZ especially for the game. That is what makes these tours unique so long may they continue.
When he says "am I just a crazy guy, I guess"
So goofy, so good.
The title track is the best song on this album. Saved to last.
The New Zealand Heartland XV team is:
1 Vaka Taelega (South Canterbury)
2 Sam Van der Valk (Thames Valley)
3 Tokomaata Fakatava (South Canterbury)
4 Campbell Hart (Vice Captain) (Whanganui)
5 Connor McVerry (Thames Valley)
6 Hone Haerewa (Ngāti Porou East Coast)
7 Nick Strachan (Captain) (South Canterbury)
8 Seta Koroitamana (Mid Canterbury)
9 Willie Wright (South Canterbury)
10 Craig Clare (Vice Captain) (Whanganui)
11 Hayden Todd (North Otago)
12 Paula Fifita (South Canterbury)
13 Nick Foxley (Mid Canterbury)
14 Raitube Vasurakuta (Mid Canterbury)
15 Zac Saunders (South Canterbury)
16 Callum Burrell (Mid Canterbury)
17 James Higgins (Poverty Bay)
18 Te Huia Kutia (Thames Valley)
19 Manasa Samo Bari (Mid Canterbury)
20 Stefan Destounis (Poverty Bay)
21 Lindsay Horrocks (Whanganui)
22 Dane Whale (Whanganui)
23 Tevita Halafihi (Thames Valley)
They look to have used previous AB selection (irrespective if you played or not) as an indicator, which is fair enough.
So then PUJ should be in the 3rd team in place of Nankivell, and you would have Cameron ahead of Love, as two examples. Personally I would have Harmon ahead of Christie too.
Ross was called into the ABs this year but Hodgman was an AB last year. A toss up.
As the article says a full competition needs to be 15 weeks but there is only a 12-week window. If we avoid midweek games the NPC would need to start earlier (and clash more with club rugby) as the NZRPA won't want to extend the competition into Nov and reduce the player's off-season.