All Blacks Prove They’re Not Invincible

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Positive news for the rest of World Rugby: the All Blacks are not as invincible as they once were. With respect, I do not say that lightly. Saturday’s win over the Barbarians at Twickenham showed glimpses of All Black magic but, it highlighted more just how vital certain personnel are to this team. A supposed […] READ MORE



Titanic Test Match: the Key Moments

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South Africa bolstered their effort, in a titanic test match against New Zealand in Cape Town yesterday. Won by the All Blacks 24-25, it was a win for the Springboks–turning around the 57-0 thrashing. After considering the domination of the New Zealand team; who almost achieved double the competition points of the second best Walabies […] READ MORE


Is Beauden Barrett That Important To The All Blacks?

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The All Blacks face what remains of the Rugby Championship with some doubts. Is Damian McKenzie the right substitute during Ben Smith’s sabbatical break from international rugby? Has Same Cane made himself the rightful owner of the number 7 jersey? And is there a lack of depth in the first row after the injuries of […] READ MORE



Highlanders: High Stakes Rugby, High Cost Outcome

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In any event, the high stakes rugby is costing the Highlanders. In the 2016 semi final, they were unable to combat the open-style of the Lions (on the Johannesburg ground) and paid the price. They did take the right decisions in the quarter final, and the side must make precise decisions from now on. Dropping points now will be hard to recover in the later stages of Super Rugby. And after a high risk outcome last week, the time is now to play more settled, no nonsense rugby to get back into winning form. Rebuild their battered confidence--before they can again, look to incorporate any 'high stakes rugby' in their game. Oh, and get Ben Smith back to full health asap! READ MORE


Never Any Doubt of Highlanders Character (excerpt)

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In the opening act of the Finals Series, the Highlanders traveled to Australia in an attempt to beat the Brumbies. With recent history favouring the home side, the only guarantee was that loyal fans knew there was never any doubt of Highlanders character. It was a hard task, made tougher by the conditions, but the […] READ MORE


All Blacks to Play in Mitre 10 Cup

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After the high-energy output during The Rugby Championship, many leading All Blacks have been afforded a release from the All Blacks camp. Free now to play in Mitre 10 Cup games this week, it will both allow these players to rejoin their province and to share the high standards that All Blacks are trained to. […] READ MORE