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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

All Blacks Departures Post Rugby World Cup 2015 - Thoughts?

Which All Blacks will be departing after Rugby World Cup 2015?  A number of top All Blacks are now in the twilight of their careers it will be interesting to see which players decide to spend their final minutes of rugby earning large amounts of money overseas.  Below is the list of signings so far, although there will most likely be some more announcements soon with the likes of Conrad Smith and Jerome Kaino potentially going overseas.  There is a great opportunity for these players to go overseas and depending on their bodies and age they could return to New Zealand rugby in a bid to make the All Blacks for the Rugby World Cup 2019.

I remember thinking that there would be a massive player exodus after the Rugby World Cup 2011.  While other teams lost lots of players to overseas clubs, the All Blacks jersey and tradition seems to keep players in New Zealand rugby rather than earning big bucks overseas.

Thanks to Tony Veitch for this list.  
Signed through to 2017
Kieran Read
Sam Whitelock
Israel Dagg
Ben Smith
Cory Jane
Owen Franks
Aaron Cruden
Charlie Faumuina
Signed through to 2016
Sonny Bill Williams
Luke Romano
Dane Coles
Aaron Smith
Beauden Barrett
TJ Perenara
Jeff Toomaga-Allen
Matt Todd
Dominic Bird
Signed through to 2015
Steven Luatua
Brodie Retallick
Charles Piutau
Sam Cane
Liam Messam
Richie McCaw
Dan Carter (signed with Racing Metro for 3 years - leaving)
Tawera Kerr-Barlow
Colin Slade
Julian Savea
Wyatt Crockett
Ben Franks (signed with London Irish for 3 years - leaving)
Jerome Kaino
Keven Mealamu
Ma'a Nonu (signed with Toulon for 2 years - leaving)
Francis Saili
Ben Afeaki
Jeremy Thrush (signed with Gloucester for 2 years - leaving)
Luke Whitelock
Tom Taylor
Tony Woodcock
Ryan Crotty
Conrad Smith

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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The Globalisation Of Rugby Players - Do You Agree With It?

Rugby is a global game, but one look at the recently released Six Nations squad is a reminder of this.  As a New Zealander, I find it amazing how Hugh Blake who was a good up and coming player for Otago over the last few years, but didn't really get much of a go at Super Rugby, is now in the Scotland squad.  Gareth Anscombe is now in the Wales squad, which was more predictable.  Now is the time for these players to switch allegiances when they realise that their chances of playing test match rugby for New Zealand, is rather low.

Rugby World Cup 2015 will see more players popping up in different team jerseys than what we are used to.  It is a sign of the times and the globalisation of rugby and I guess it does help to strengthen the lesser teams and give them some more depth.

It is sad when these players have been developed from age group rugby and leave their home country while still young.  It would have been great to see Anscombe and Blake boosting the depth of New Zealand rugby for a few more years before leaving for Europe, rather than going so young.  While New Zealand looks to have plenty of depth, it doesn't have as much as it once did.

These players do have to be realistic.  Blake for example has gone from fringe Highlanders player to an international player, just by leaving New Zealand, so you can't begrudge him that.

Do you enjoy seeing players from one country playing rugby for another country?

Monday, January 19, 2015

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

How To Get RWC Tickets - Rugby World Cup Tickets Prices Soar

Rugby World Cup 2015 ticket prices have gone through the roof at this late stage as the secondary market means people selling tickets for exhorbitant prices.  It is basic supply and demand, especially given the huge demand for tickets placed by the largely populated European market.

Tickets are expensive enough as they are with a final ticket costing as much as $1500 NZ dollars, but it is a sign of the times.  People will always try to make some money if there is a market for them.  Unfortunately there are enough rich people willing to pay the big bucks for Rugby World Cup tickets to make it viable for the secondary market to hike their prices.

My advice is 

1) Plan ahead and enter into the ballot to get tickets and your chances are probably increased by becoming part of the rugby community.  

2) It also pays to have contacts in the rugby community and industry who might be able to pull some strings.  There are often loads of tickets dished out to the corporates and sometimes they struggle to use them all. 

3) Another way around paying big bucks is to wait and hope that the secondary market can't sell their tickets and have to lower their prices.

4) For the big games, try to buy tickets from genuine fans who bought tickets but their team has been eliminated, maybe on eBay, TradeMe or a similar marketplace website.  Sometimes you get some genuine fans who can't attend a game.  Also simply being near the stadium close to game day can potentially get you a ticket someone is trying to get rid of, although this can be risky.  

5) You could also try working at the games in some kind of job.  A friend of mine saw the last Rugby World Cup by singing in a choir before some of the games.

6)  Be selected as a referee or player.  This is a long shot!

7)  Enter as many competitions as possible to potentially win tickets.  

I know with the last Rugby World Cup, the organisers were going to set up a totally legal ticket marketplace where genuine members of the public could buy and sell their tickets for face value, but it never happened.  It does exist in the USA, I bought some NBA tickets this way.   
Rugby World Cup alarm bells are ringing with single tickets to the final being resold for as high as $6329.That's more than four-times the asking price for the best seats in the house that were sold for $1430 under the official ticket allocations.Fans wanting two tickets side by side could have to fork out as much as $15,000 at this late stage.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Will You Buy The New All Blacks Singlets?

I have to admit, these All Blacks Basketball Singlets look awesome.  I saw some of the players wearing these on a recent tour and I personally think that they look great, but would you pay $120 for one?  This is a lot of money for a singlet.  It is hardly surprising given the All Blacks jerseys were originally $200, but can be found for cheaper now, I am tempted to wait before getting my singlet.  The All Blacks and Adidas brands combine to really raise the price on these singlets and given how sexy they are, I am sure people will buy them! I also love having numbers on my clothing, so it is another reason to buy one.  I hope Santa Claus is listening!  The only catch is that it is usually too cold to wear an All Blacks singlet to any All Blacks home game.

You can also buy similar Super Rugby singlets too.

Interestingly, you can buy one of the All Blacks singlets online from www.rugbystore.co.uk , but it costs 52 pounds and so you would probably only save about $10-$20.  Some New Zealand websites offer free shipping anyway.

Will you buy an All Blacks singlet?  I will wait and get one later in the year.  They will probably drop in price or at least be on sale at some stage.

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