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  • LegBreak,

    One thing that concerns me is Graham Henry, and the headmaster ritual.

    He says its gonna happen now, When exactly does he mean? see we’ve already waited too long

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • kmont,

    ; )

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 485 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    My biggest concern when Weepu got dumped was the lack of depth we have at halfback in this squad ...

    I'm not particularly worried about halfback -- if Kellerher got injured I'd be comfortable with Leonard starting. The locking positions are where cruel fate has left us very thin indeed.

    And we can only pray that Big Carl continues his miraculous run. When you look at the work that man does in a test match, it's scary.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    if Kellerher got injured I'd be comfortable with Leonard starting.

    I'm not worried so much about ability, but big game experience in a crucial position

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 574 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    The controversy begins: Italy's coach casts doubt on existence of All Blacks:

    "Beginning the World Cup by playing this mythical team is a great honour," said Berbizier.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Dykes,

    I had a very detailed dream last night. In pool play the ABs are inspired by a Warriors win the night before and beat Italy 61-13, going on to score 283 points in their first four games. In the French/Arg game the first stoppage is a try by Rougerie. Argentina narrowly beats France but loses to Ireland. SA beats England by 28 points. Wales loses its game against Australia by only 2 points (an Aussie drop goal ends the game). George Gregan is struck by lightning but contests his death and gets off.

    Eventually NZ faces SA (not France) in the final. Eleven players are injured. NZ wins 33-13.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 76 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    And we can only pray that Big Carl continues his miraculous run. When you look at the work that man does in a test match, it's scary.

    i can't see if it is hayman very well, but i'm assuming you're talking about the second video on this post.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    in their first four games. In the French/Arg game the first stoppage is a try by Rougerie. Argentina narrowly beats France but loses to Ireland. SA beats England by 28 points. Wales loses its game against Australia by only 2 points (an Aussie drop goal ends the game). George Gregan is struck by lightning but contests his death and gets off.

    Eventually NZ faces SA (not France) in the final. Eleven players are injured. NZ wins 33-13.

    Actually that's quite a realistic scenario in my view. I'm picking an AB-SAf final.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 948 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Irvine,

    Wicked, I'm stoked PA has RWC coverage underway, I really enjoyed the crew covering the cricket world cup, and look foward to more of the same.

    I love the flurry of activity World Cups and like prompt in En Zed's blogosphere and look forward to joining in properly once me day job calms down a bit. Stupid day job.

    Go the All Blacks and Keith Robinson's ankle...

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 242 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    i can't see if it is hayman very well, but i'm assuming you're talking about the second video on this post.

    Dude, that's my upload! 25,000+ views!

    It's Ali Williams dumping Gregan there.

    A couple of Tracey Nelson's game stats packages this season have shown what an incredible player Hayman is.

    From memory it was something like: second place in first-three-to-the-breakdown; loadsa tackles; the lion's share of lineout lifting; and, of course, scrummaging. He's a freak. A giant freak.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    Dude, that's my upload! 25,000+ views!

    not any more. now it is our upload. :)

    and thought from memory it might be williams. but the pc i'm currently on doesn't show me videos.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    A leaked memo ...

    From: H1 via H2
    To: Michael Cullen

    Re-election strategy:

    1. Get down the TAB and put the entire surplus on "Any Other Nation" to win the Cup. Currently paying over 2 to 1 (yes, really). A much better bet than the Kiwi dollar.

    2. When the ABs lose, take your newly more-than-doubled surplus and spend, spend, spend. We could even build a stadium.

    3. If the ABs somehow win, then obviously we call an immediate election, to coincide with World Cup parades in all main centres. (If the Nats still get in, they can deal with the vanished surplus. If we're back, have a few months of gloating and then hand it all over to Goff).

    PS Better just check with Crown lawyers first re- extradition treaties with various tropical getaways ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1324 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Llewellyn,

    Simon G, love your work.

    Mt Albert • Since Nov 2006 • 399 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Simon that is scary.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Have a nice time folks, and I'll see y'all in a month's time.

    I'm with you, Deborah. I. Just. Don't. Care (until we win, in which case I care alot, and if we don't win, I just shrug it off. Bit like the America's Cup, except not as personally resonant).

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I will say to Craig though, we are fully allowed to complain about the refs if they don't do their job correctly.

    Sure - far be it from me to crush anyone's dissent. (Though the prospect of sports talkback being reduced to dead air is a most attractive one.) :) But I don't really want to hear it from the ABs or management; if they want to really be role models, instead of Powerade-shilling underwear models, they should act like it - including grace under pressure, and basic good sportsmanship.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Jamie Anstice,

    Is it just me, or is anyone else disturbed by the Heineken Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Bier slogan at the end of the TV ad? I guess some advertising stoat slept through that lecture in__ Mid-Twentieth Century Political Messaging__ or whatever it is that marketing weasels study at university.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    I think I might be the sporting equivalent of Morrissey at his most morose. I am horribly worried about NZ teams in high pressure situations, and usually expect the worst. Yet I force myself to watch everything, in a frenzy of worry punctuated by moments of sheer terror and very occasional joy. It's all quite stressful. Call me morbid, call me pale.

    Yeah, at times its like watching Dr Who as a kid. Through cracks in the fingers over your eyes.

    I remember the tail end of the '95 final, the ABs subbed Richard Loe on, and my brother in law said, O no, he'll get penalised, and I said Nah, he wouldn't do anything that stupid, and within seconds he did. I suppose you'd have to have similar fears about Flavell.

    Nice Smiths motif through this thread, BTW. Clever Swine.

    I recall Marshall being rotated off during one test and the camera and mic catching his comments as he came off. Threw a little tantie and called it 'Fucking bullshit!'

    I suppose an NZ/SA final is the dream for a lot of people. We shall see.

    Lineout lifters of the world, united and take over....

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Also, surely we're all excited to watch the opening game?

    France. Argentina. It's got "upset" written all over it.

    Damn you're good.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    the dropkicks are very proud to have called it.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Llewellyn,

    Heh - yes, good call, whereas I clearly ...

    Hmmm, can't see Los Puma's springing an upset though, methinks that canny Laporte has the Frenchies brewing nicely and they will win their group in a canter.

    .... have a very limited future as a professional tipster.

    Mt Albert • Since Nov 2006 • 399 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    The Guardian has this neat world cup thingy thats worth a look.

    http://sport.guardian.co.uk/flash/page/0,,2162924,00.html

    No more years. Go the All Blacks.

    Since Nov 2006 • 785 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Fitzgerald,

    Jamie I'm not sure Heino are wanting to invoke dreams of a new world order. DB & Lion have both have a Jewish connection in the past.

    Nationalistic sports campaigns tend to embody a few dodgy sorts.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_rugby_union

    After the defeat of France in 1940, the French Rugby Union authorities worked with the German collaborating Vichy regime to re-establish the dominance of their sport; Rugby League was banned and many players and officials of the sport were punished. All of the assets of the Rugby League and its clubs were handed over to the Union.

    The Romanians had trouble getting a Team together when the privious team died fighting for Ceauşescu. They were the secret police.

    Why listen to Marshall go on now, no-one ever did when he played.

    Since May 2007 • 631 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    Since Nov 2006 • 785 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    The Romanians had trouble getting a Team together when the privious team died fighting for Ceauşescu. They were the secret police.

    i'm not sure that's entirely accurate. the two main teams were based around the army and the police.

    after the revolution the teams lost funding, so started to go downhill.

    as for killed, a couple of team members were killed in the 89 fighting (on the side of the govt).

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

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