11.9.2019 02:15 pm
The Springboks enhanced their reputation in big tournaments before the All Blacks belatedly turned their dominance into trophies.
It is odd looking back to imagine that anyone ever thought a Rugby World Cup was a bad idea. But they did.
Jamie Joseph, who took over from Eddie Jones after the last World Cup, has set a target of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time.
Their astonishing 34-32 victory over the two-time world champions was even made into a film called the “Miracle of Brighton”.
The governing body insists his dismissal was purely contractual.
The axing of 108-Test stalwart Franks was the major surprise.
Scott Barrett’s red card at the weekend for the All Blacks has reignited the debate over national teams’ discipline.
The 32-year-old was reported to have been involved in a scuffle with Mike Brown at the England squad’s training camp in Italy a fortnight ago.
You won’t find any trace of Israel Folau’s digital footprint currently.
The All Blacks record loss to the Wallabies in Perth left the proud rugby nation struggling to find positives Sunday with an increasing suggestion their golden days may be over.
The All Blacks suffered a surprisingly comprehensive defeat at the hands of the Wallabies on Saturday.
He said it was “no drama for me”, but added that he believed in keeping the game respectful.
The 30-year-old was seeking compensation, interest, damages, injunctive and declaratory relief, along with an apology.
Coach Steve Hansen picks his No 1 flyhalf at fullback for the Test in Wellington.
Schoolboy rugby is a big deal in New Zealand — senior matches are televised nationally and the rivalries between some schools date back more than a century.