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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Do We Want To See The All Blacks Lose The 1995 Rugby World Cup?

Invictus, the movie of how Nelson Mandela inspired the Spingboks to fight against adversity and win the 1995 Rugby World Cup defeating us in the final is out in cinemas. It is hard to know if I want to watch us lose a rugby match. Sports movies are often cheesy and for those of you like me who took years to get over it just want it told accurately. There is no mention of Suzie or food poisoning. I will patriotically wear my All Blacks top along. There is a review below.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Six Nations Begins

The Northern Hemisphere kick off the 2010 rugby action with the Six Nations. Can Ireland defend their title? Will the enigmatic French fire this season? We know Wales have the razzle dazzle, but is this enough? Can the big England pack pave the way? Will Scotland finally punch above their weight and get back to the lofty heights of their former glory? We know Italy have some fine individuals, but can they pull them over the line and make them more competitive this season?

There are plenty of questions to be answered, although one thing is for sure, it will be tight. It would be good if Scotland and Italy could get among the prizemoney it is difficult seeing the competition not being a four horse race. Ireland must be favourites, but France, England and Wales can all beat each other on any given day.

Tips for managers

Pick goal and try scorers of any team playing Italy. In week one this is Ireland.

Pick hookers as your front row forwards as they get points for lineouts and scrums.

Save money in the locks. This is generally the lowest scoring position and there are often some bargains.

Work horse tight and loose forwards and centres from Italy can get big points, but usually you want players who will be in winning teams.

Who will win the Six Nations and why?

Have your say


I am picking the Irish to do it again!

Dust Off The Boots!

It is time for the players to dust off their boots as the Super 14 gets underway. It just seems like two months ago that players were sweating it out on end of year Northern Hemisphere tours! This year it is difficult not seeing the same teams in contention. While it was refreshing to see the Chiefs in the running last season you can't help thinking that only half of the teams have a realistic chance of winning the competition.

The Bulls and Sharks have the best chances of the South African sides, while the Waratahs and Brumbies will carry the hopes of Australia. The New Zealand teams like the Crusaders and Hurricanes will be in the running, but hopefully the Chiefs and Blues can spice things up a bit!

With a week to go there is plenty of time to do your research. The competition is very long in duration, but the key is to find guys who score points week in, week out. Also watch for when teams have a long stretch of home games and when they have the bye.

Who do you think will win the Super 14 and why? Have your say!

My top four will be the Bulls, Sharks, Crusaders and Brumbies.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

RIP Bill McLaren The Legend!

This is a great video clip of some amazing commentary by the late Bill McLaren.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Rugby World's Team of the Decade

Rugby World's team of the decade (15-1): Mils Muliaina (NZL), Jason Robinson (ENG), Brian O'Driscoll (IRL), Matt Giteau (AUS), Shane Williams (WAL), Dan Carter (NZL), Agustin Pichot (ARG), Sergio Parisse (ITA), Richie McCaw (NZL), Richard Hill (ENG), Martin Johnson (ENG capt), Victor Matfield (RSA), Carl Hayman (NZL), John Smit (RSA), Gethin Jenkins (WAL). Res: Rodrigo Roncero (ARG), Mario Ledesma (ARG), Sylvain Marconnet (FRA), Juan-Martin Fernandez Lobbe (ARG), Fourie Du Preez (RSA), Jonny Wilkinson (ENG), Yannick Jauzion (FRA), Juan Martin Hernandez (ARG).

It is difficult to argue with most of these selections. I rate the wings of Howlett and Habana ahead of the two named. It must be a real battle since Stirling Mortlock missed the cut. Pichot must have been pushed by both Du Preez and Gregan. Is Richard Hill the best Number Six? I wonder if John Eales is unlucky not to get in there. Tony Woodcock must've been close in propping department. We forget that wingers like Joe Roff, Jeff Wilson and Jonah Lomu all played in the 2000s.