Archive for July, 2008

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Fitzpatrick – Me me me !

Source: Fitzpatrick: Just why I quit New Zealand All Black icon Sean Fitzpatrick has opened up on his reasons for his family’s shift to the UK, saying he wanted to bring up his two young daughters outside of a “tunnel-visioned” New Zealand society.  Mate you quit NZ to earn 500,ooo pounds a year, ars*hole, sitting […]

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

ABs Eden Park Team – The changes – not far enough !

   Mose Tuialii and Scott Hamilton. The team for the critical Eden park test is something like this (Tues 29 July): All Blacks: Leon MacDonald    << Out with concussion, replace with Muliaina>> Mils Muliaina           << Replace with Kahui>> Conrad Smith Ma’a Nonu Sitiveni Sivivatu      << OUT OF SQUAD, Hamilton IN>> Dan Carter Jimmy Cowan Rodney So’oialo […]

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

All Blacks(19) vs Australia(34) – Spanked.

    Robbie Deans is turning the Wallabies into the Crusaders. He is following this ELV game blueprint. In a few short weeks the Wallabies are 5-0. Deans didn’t meet the Aussie players until after the Super 14 ended, unlike Henry’s mob who spent the whole Super 14 studying games and players. Aussie is supposed to […]

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

ELVs – Fix Bayonets, Charge ! (Brian Moore)

          Source: Brian Moore on ELV attack Among all the reviews, reports and recriminations regarding the trial of the ELVs in the north ahead of next season, former England hooker and current solicitor/columnist Brian Moore’s voice has been shouting louder than most. Here is Moore’s Daily Telegraph column in near-full form for the staunch […]

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Prediction – In 3 years the NZ fan will scream for BlackAdder as ABs coach!

     After Henry and his mob lose the home RWC 2011 to Deans Aussie mob, the current coaching team will be publically hanged.  Blackadder will get the call up, the same way Deans got the call up at RWC 2003.  You heard it here first !

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Australia(16) vs Springboks(9) – ELV comment.

 This is just a quick note to comment on the ELV’s in the above game.  1) Did you notice the contrast in refereeing style between this game and the game the week before (ABs vs Boks), ELV’s can also be destroyed by the refs performance (I mean the poor performance of the Aussie ref in the AB […]

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Super Rugby – Six team finals, maybe !

    Source: Sanzar faces biggest challenge – Dylan Clever A revamped Super 14 (or 15, 16 or 18, depending on what the case may be) starting later and ending much later would put the squeeze on the June in-bound tests that have generally been dispiriting exercises in mediocrity, with Northern Hemisphere countries routinely sending substandard […]

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

ELVs – They are liked, but in what form!

  Peacock Persona: ARU CEO John O’Neill, look at me, look at me, I am important !  Source: Players survey shows ELVs are the future– Duncan Johnstone A survey conducted by the Australian, New Zealand and South African Rugby Union Players’ Associations has emphasised that players see real benefits from the ELVs that were played […]

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

USA – Sleeping rugby giant !

             Source: If America gets serious about rugby, watch out world – Zolton Indeed, out of the thousands who aspire to make the NFL each year, only 450 make the cut, and those who do have an average career length of just four years. All of which suggests that there are a lot of young, […]

Monday, July 14th, 2008

ELVs – Fix bayonets !

       Source: Split looms After North turn back on ELVs – Greg Gowden The southern hemisphere is committed to retaining the ELVs, meaning Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will be playing a significantly different game to their northern counterparts. “This leaves us in the southern hemisphere in a quandary, but more particularly leaves the […]

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

All Blacks(28) vs Springboks(30): ABs do a Veitch !

              Via a domestic violence scandal Radio/TV Tony Veitch  will lose it all. The All Blacks last 10 minutes was a major write off, nothing short of disaster. Just like the RWC 2007 quarter final, on the field replacements (injury or tactically) drastically reduced their ability to be effective under huge pressure. The last 10 minutes saw […]

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Boks: Please stop it, stop crying…

         Boks Tears…Please stop it !!! Boks, I never heard the Boks bleet sooo much ! Hell we (ABs) must be GOOD !  GO the ABs (2nd Tri Nations test).

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Honiss: You did ok mate !

          Source: Paul Honiss hangs up his boots In all, Honiss refereed in 211 first class matches, including 49 Super 14 fixtures and 71 Air New Zealand Cup games. He also refereed in three IRB Rugby World Cup tournaments in 1999, 2003 and 2007. Some real slip ups, (funny how the media drags you down […]

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

ELVs – Maybe trial period having desired consequences.

Source: Henry happy with new rule changes Graham Henry has given the ELVs a pass mark after their international debut in the opening Tri Nations test at the weekend. However, he said he is still not sure about the sacking of mauls and the open numbers in the lineout. The All Blacks coach gave the […]

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Sabbatical Rule Warning: Dan returning under cooked!

           Medium Rare Steak We all know that Dan is off to play rugby in France and returning for All Black duties in the Tri Nations 2010. It has been said that he is not an automatic selection for the All Blacks on returning, yeah right !  Consider this statement from Richard Loe […]

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

ABs(19) vs Boks(8)

     The combination of Carter, Nonu and Smith is becoming formidable. I like it. Andy Ellis is not there yet, and I guess the selectors know this so I guess that’s why he is getting more game time. I kinda like Jimmy Cowan in the wet, he’s a rough diamond, and I would give him […]

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Night tests in July, weather warning, go figure !

      Maybe a repeat of the ABs vs Ireland game, bad weather in Wellington for the Boks game. Here we go again ! Why cant they play these games at 4 or 5 pm !

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Baby blacks getting blooded by a springbok kill.

 Source: Young ABs face inquisition Springbok-style– Duncan Johnstone From top left to bottom right 1) Wulf: O so start, must impress to keep wearing black, ELVs require a kicking back three, so can he ? 2) Thomson: Little game time yet, but solid Super 14, so I hope he shines. 3) Ellis: Should call Chris Laidlaw and get […]