2020 Wallabies; are they ‘all that’ after One Test

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All that, as in ‘all that good’ insinuates that the 2020 Wallabies are of vast difference to sides of previous years/eras after just one test. This is after one match so jumping the gun, however, that is how some Australian media and former players are reacting. Speaking of times where the All Blacks aura has […] READ MORE


Neither will be particularly happy with a Drawn Test match

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As neither side will be particularly happy with a drawn test match, one side will have a better grasp on how well they played (than the other). Both sides will feel displeased to not take away the advantage in the annual trans-Tasman contest yet, Dave Rennie will feel much better because his side held the […] READ MORE


Bledisloe Cup: first match in two-game series on Kiwi soil

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This first match of the two-game series for the Bledisloe Cup with be played on Kiwi soil between New Zealand and Australia.¬† With that, the return to International rugby has begun. Suitably, the same nation who was the first to restart domestic rugby back in May, New Zealand will host the first of the annual […] READ MORE


ACT Brumbies win Super Rugby Australia, over Queensland Reds

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In a Grand Final that saw the ACT Brumbies win Super Rugby Australia, they have secured the title over the Queensland Reds 28-23 in Canberra. Competing in a semi-final and the winner takes all final was the difference between the Australian competition versus the New Zealand one. The Crusaders were victorious over the Tasman, yet […] READ MORE


‘Nobody’s perfect’ and John Eales still giving back to rugby

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Phoning in for a radio interview, John Eales laconically states, “if I hadn’t got that kick, you might not be speaking to me.” That kick being the one in 2000 where, in Wellington, he sunk the hearts of All Blacks fans. Recapturing the Bledisloe Cup, it was a moment where one player stepped up. With […] READ MORE


Bledisloe Cup home tests sealed, yet ‘trouble at Mill’

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With the Bledisloe Cup home tests sealed, you might assume that New Zealand Rugby were jumping for joy after announcing the two fixtures. Yet there is ‘trouble at mill’. Two matches, each uniquely scheduled for a Sunday kick-off is the bouquet. However, the trouble it took to secure those, the ignominy and frustrations caused the […] READ MORE


Ian Foster can find 2020 All Blacks squad from North v South clash

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With the 2020 All Blacks squad coming from the participants in the North v South trial game, head coach Ian Foster will select his players comprising that group on Sunday, September 6. The rescheduled fixture has been shifted to Wellington, so that players from Auckland can attend. Covid-19 restrictions limit the possibility of fans attending […] READ MORE


Wage cuts/new competitions considered by Southern Hemisphere rugby

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Southern Hemisphere rugby has had to endure a period of change in the last month. Not battered to the same degree as Europe has, yet wage cuts, fans and players’ seasons disrupted, and unease for what the future may hold is certainly is disarming. While still well mannered and constructive, everything has been spoken of, […] READ MORE


Barrett/Mo’unga combination flourishes in Bledisloe Cup win

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Some considered Beauden Barrett at fullback a waste. Yet as the Barrett/Mo’unga combination flourishes after the Bledisloe Cup win on Saturday night it may be now seen as a masterstroke, particularly after the 36-0 victory over Australia. The two-time World Rugby Player of the Year had been assigned the fullback jersey (for the opening tests […] READ MORE


AB’s must ‘Roll the Dice’ in Bledisloe Cup decider

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After a hefty defeat at the hands of the Wallabies in Perth, the All Blacks have decided to ‘Roll the Dice’ in team selections for their home test in Auckland on August 17. The crucial Bledisloe Cup decider will have so much more riding on it, considering Rugby World Cup form, rankings and self-confidence levels. […] READ MORE