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  Reply # 1705125 18-Jan-2017 11:23
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It's a little sad to see Aaron Cruden ending his NZ Rugby Career. It's probably the right choice for him really. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1705141 18-Jan-2017 11:50
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  Reply # 1705156 18-Jan-2017 12:12
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I don't agree with ChrisR much, I think he is basically a big troll, but he does have some good points in this article. 

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11784309

 

I have to say though, I still think Damien McKenzie would have to be the most overhyped player of the last 12 months. He's good, but he isn't THAT good. He started his season with the Chiefs pretty well admittedly, but without space he isn't nearly as good, and teams learned pretty quickly not to give him any space. 

 

He still has potential, but he isn't Gods gift to Rugby just yet.


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  Reply # 1705258 18-Jan-2017 15:01
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I don't agree with ChrisR much, I think he is basically a big troll, but he does have some good points in this article. 

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11784309

 

I have to say though, I still think Damien McKenzie would have to be the most overhyped player of the last 12 months. He's good, but he isn't THAT good. He started his season with the Chiefs pretty well admittedly, but without space he isn't nearly as good, and teams learned pretty quickly not to give him any space. 

 

He still has potential, but he isn't Gods gift to Rugby just yet.

 

 

Agreed - I couldn't stand the hype last year, especially when people were talking him up after only a few games. I think the media & some rugby fans were too eager to find the next up & coming player after the amazing year we had with Nehe Milner-Skudder.

 

Rattue is right about McKenzie blundering the decision to not leave the Chiefs - rugby is a team sport (aka it doesn't matter who scores the try) & his decision seems a bit individualistic. I understand the franchise loyalty though it feels like he's taken the easy route & once you're in the ABs it's irrelevant what franchise you play for.

 

If he chose the Blues he could be influential in their resurrection - the Blues have some great young players (e.g. Ioane brothers) & they weren't "too" bad last year, the NZ conference was just extremely competitive. If McKenzie was able to be the "on-field commander" for the Blues he'd be guaranteed a starting ABs position. The Blues wont be amazing this year, though with Umaga & SBW on-board I don't think they'll be at the bottom of the NZ table.

 

I hope with the departure of Cruden that Lima Sopoaga gets some proper international experience, I reckon he has more potential at #10 than McKenzie.




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  Reply # 1713232 31-Jan-2017 12:35
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Surely Charlie Ngatai needs to look after his health and retire from Rugby. Reports today he may not play Super Rugby and is still suffering symptoms of concussion. 

 

It would be a huge loss to the Chiefs, but one would hope he is getting good advice on whether it's better he stop playing, rather than end up a vegetable. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1715802 5-Feb-2017 17:36
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Doping within the All Blacks - 3 explanations

 

1. doped with real intentions

 

2. trainer who works at the local amateur gym accidentally gave it to a pro or maybe ate mate's powder

 

3. successful sabotage, but why a low ranked AB, they'd usually go for the top dogs, maybe they're too hard to infiltrate

 

 




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  Reply # 1718407 10-Feb-2017 18:50
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Doping within the All Blacks - 3 explanations

 

1. doped with real intentions

 

2. trainer who works at the local amateur gym accidentally gave it to a pro or maybe ate mate's powder

 

3. successful sabotage, but why a low ranked AB, they'd usually go for the top dogs, maybe they're too hard to infiltrate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or.. None of the above. 

 

Anyone know where I can see the 10's on TV in the weekend? I expected it to be on Sky, but unless I am blind, they don't have it. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1718816 12-Feb-2017 08:32
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networkn:

 

joker97:

 

Doping within the All Blacks - 3 explanations

 

1. doped with real intentions

 

2. trainer who works at the local amateur gym accidentally gave it to a pro or maybe ate mate's powder

 

3. successful sabotage, but why a low ranked AB, they'd usually go for the top dogs, maybe they're too hard to infiltrate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or.. None of the above. 

 

Anyone know where I can see the 10's on TV in the weekend? I expected it to be on Sky, but unless I am blind, they don't have it. 

 

 

 

 

They did yesterday afternoon as I watched some of it at the M-in-laws.





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  Reply # 1718870 12-Feb-2017 11:08
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It's on pop up channel 57.
Interesting people are already calling it a flop for crowd numbers. But I think it's got as much to do with the temperatures being in the mid 40s in the stadium. If you notice what crowd was there were huddled in the shade.

So #networkn, not blind, just looking in the wrong place 😊.




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  Reply # 1718911 12-Feb-2017 15:09
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RIP Sione




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  Reply # 1719240 13-Feb-2017 09:52
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Woot Izzy Dagg staying in NZ. As usual, Steve Hansen gets it right. He predicted 2 from 3 would re-sign.

 

Not so much a fan of Rugby 10's. 

 

2 nasty looking injuries for the Chiefs as well. 

 

Congrats to the Chiefs who managed to pull off a win. A touching Tribute to their fallen brother as well.

 

 




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  Reply # 1719895 14-Feb-2017 11:29
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This is why Cheika is a pretty average coach. Personnel choices...

 

 

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby/news/article.cfm?c_id=80&objectid=11800141

 

 

 

Other than very small periods of brilliance, Beale has been nothing but trouble for the Wallabies. He was at least partially responsible for Ewen McKenzie pulling the pin on his coaching and it's shocking to me, that Australia can't produce someone 95% as good and 10x more reliable and less troublesome. 

 

I believe if they stop treating their individual Wallabies as Gods and get the team to appreciate the Jersey and representing their country as a team, then they have a better long term chance. 

 

Most countries don't have the depth of Rugby competitions and quality of coaches of NZ. It was something Deans was SCREAMING about when he was coach, they needed more school-boy Rugby, then NPC type competitions. England has cottoned on. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1719976 14-Feb-2017 12:57
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Aussie rugby is in such a bad state, so is SA for that matter. They need to take care and lookout for their young players. James o Connor was on track to be one of the best players in the game, but they mismanaged him and put far too much on him. Ruined his career.




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  Reply # 1721707 17-Feb-2017 10:23
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http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/89508428/super-rugby-closes-phantom-ban-loophole

 

 

 

Good stuff. 

 

 

 

Dan Carter allegedly booked for DUI. I really hope that isn' true. Would be disgraceful if so. 

 

It's time drinking and driving was just banned altogether. If you can afford to drink, you can afford alternative transportation!

 

Edit: Well, he has admitted it, and apologised. What a poor show from a usually classy guy. I guess everyone makes mistakes, but I don't look at him quite the same way any-more. I am grateful he didn't do this when he was playing in NZ.

 

 


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  Reply # 1721790 17-Feb-2017 12:44
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A bit of a ramble I'm on the old iPhone

People don't make good decisions when already under the influence. Money doesn't fix that. Money could buy secrecy or even the odd get out of jail card.

I hope everyone gets treated the same on the eyes of the law.

I hope people outside the long arm of the law also find forgiveness.

Super rugby eh .. How many teams are we up to nowadays? Lost count

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