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490. Omens

I’ve left the entrails in the chicken, and instead refer to history for some omens that are good or bad for the Wallabies and All Blacks. ‘No team has won back-to-back tournaments’. Australia +  New Zealand – ‘The team that knocks … Continue reading

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390. The Wallabies Squad for RWC2015

Michael Cheika has named his squad for the World Cup. Blimey. What a schemozzle, I reckon. For a start, he’s gone for a 17 forwards/14 backs split. There’s an argument about 17/14 versus 18/13, but the noggin scratcher is the … Continue reading

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385. Weekend Rugby Wrap

All Blacks 41-13 Wallabies in Auckland England 19-14 France in London Ireland 28-22 Scotland in Dublin Pumas 12-26 Springboks in Buenos Aries The Bledisloe Cup decider has been well-thrashed in the media by now, and all the superlatives can be taken as … Continue reading

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382. Ned’s Game Plan

I don’t expect, and don’t need, the 51-20 scoreline from last year’s Eden Park bonanza. What I’d like to see is the All Blacks control the contest. I’d like to see us show that we have the smarts as much … Continue reading

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377. Panic Now

Wallabies 27-19 All Blacks Springboks 25-37 Argentina Wales 21-35 Ireland There are two plausible responses to Saturday night’s Rugby Championship decider in Sydney: 1.  Panic Now The whole show is unravelling. Shag’s had four years of developing a pattern and a squad … Continue reading

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374. A Weekend of Chess

Wallabies vs. All Blacks in Sydney Springboks vs. Pumas in Durban Wales vs. Ireland in Cardiff Three big matches this weekend where the coaches are playing mind games with the opposition, their own squads, and quite possibly themselves. In Sydney, … Continue reading

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361. A Tale of Two Matches

It was the best of games, it was (not really, but for the sake of literary allusions we’ll call it) the worst of games. Springboks 20-27 All Blacks What a glorious match from two teams with high ambition and genuine … Continue reading

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172. Weekend Rugby Wrap

England 21 – 24 All Blacks Wales 28 -33 Wallabies Ireland 29 – 15 Springboks Scotland 41 – Pumas France 40 – 15 Fiji Hong Kong 10 -31 Russia Romania 17 – 27 United States The gap between North and … Continue reading

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164. Weekend Rugby Wrap

Eagles 6 – 74 All Blacks, Chicago On Friday my Nervous Nellie persona got the better of me when I worried about whether a comparatively raw All Blacks unit could impose themselves at Soldier Field. Twelve tries to none kind … Continue reading

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147. Your Monday Rant: The Great Escape

Wallabies 28 – 29 All Blacks Yes, the Wallabies were ‘the better team’ for much of the match in Brisbane, if by that you mean they had the majority of possession and territory and they bundled the ABs off balance. … Continue reading

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