I have a reputation for this on this site ... but I feel the need to do it again.
Rachel Hunter isn't hot and never has been.
$500 .. what do you reckon Te Kuiti, the money or the bag?
@barbarian write up of the Tahs / Kings match is worth a read over on GAGR ...
THE GAME CHANGER
When the Tahs pulled on their jerseys and said “let’s disappoint the few fans we have left, who stupidly parted with their hard-earned cash to come and watch us play”.
Canes seem to look a bit panicky - looking to score the spectacular try off every posession.
If they just play structured rugby they continually wear them down and then the opportunities come.
Some cracking breakout work from the Brumbies though - their 3rd try was a peach.
@Nepia Disagree entirely. Better for the tournament as a whole to have players of various nationalities across the teams.
Although the central structure of NZ has certainly contributed to the success of the All Blacks, and the NZ super rugby teams are strong, it's detrimental to the tournament that NZ super rugby teams are effectively only feeder teams to the All Blacks.
Reality is that everybody wants the best deal for themselves.
I am obviously optimistic as I'm moving there in 2 months, but I'm not naive enough to think that this isn't going to make things somewhat more difficult. The best possible result (for me) is for LePen to win the French election, the EU goes into turmoil and all of a sudden there is no power position against the British ...
I actually think the longer term implications for this are better ... but thats just for me.
I think Messam took a lot of shit because he was a Chief too ... If he'd played for the Crusaders, then everybody would have thought he was undoubtedly ready after being part of the structure there. If part of the Blues would have been the next multi talented brown boy who just "needs to be in the AB environment" to iron out his few issues. Canes then a "flair" player who has "x factor" and from the Clan - well ... good southern boy who never takes a backward step.
Reality is that Messam has never let anybody down - you can argue the 2014 match all you want, but that incident was bullshit, and a clear target by a Safa TV producer to get a victory - nothing more.
He's a legendary Chief, the best ambassador for the brand that has been, and he carries huge mana in front of any young player in both an on the field and off the field capacity. At AB level, I never had nerves when he was starting and he always held his own - you want to see leadership in action, you watch him with Cruden for that last kick to win the match vs Ireland in 2013. He was there, he took to ball to give to Cruden, and he stood closer to him than anybody else, so that regardless, he was going to be the first person with him after the kick -hit or miss. Where were all the members of the often-famed AB leadership group at that point?
He deserves every plaudit he gets, and he's an absolute hero to many fans of the latest generation of NZ rugby players. Not saying all criticism of his is underserved, not by a long stretch, nobody is above criticism. But undoubtedly he's up there with Toeava for the most heavily criticised players, and thats just not right.
It's a good looking squad and it's good that the Joseph out, Roberts in "leak" was bullshit. I think they'll go well, and if they get good team harmony, then they are a good shout at knocking us over.
The selection of Payne / Te'o etc ... Look, I'll say it. It just seems wrong to me. Having some NZ born / raised players there just isn't right in my view. Sure, following the eligiblity rules for countries, but this is the Lions. It should, in my view, have a "State Of Origin" selection policy around it.
This came up whilst running the other night on random spotify play list ... do love this tune.
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