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If any NH teams are going to beat NZ the next couple of years will be the time to do it.
New coaching team etc. I think Ireland can do it they just have to believe they can and play like they did against Australia in the WC.
As an AB supporter and I don't want Ireland to win but I believe that they can. Also Wales and France could pull off the upset as well.
We will see
Posted 15:13 07th March 2012
I personnally dont think Ireland will get a series win in NZ .Not because Ireland are a bad team but rather because if Kidney has any sense he will be blooding young talant big time this summerie the likes of Marshal-Tone-Henry Downey -Szebo ect to see what they can do .Given that you might as well see what they can do against the best and thats the ABs 9 times out of 10 .You can rest assured England will be doing exactly that in SA this year so id be surprised if Engalnd got a series win aswell.The only home union who will be looking for a series win is Wales imo against Australia something they should be capable of given the two teams atm .Not that it will would be easy as Australia are rather good lol
Posted 12:04 07th March 2012
As an AB fan, I thought this paragraph was interesting.
"France still remain in the top four, a position their European rivals are all coveting to avoid the prospect of being drawn in the same pool as New Zealand, Australia or South Africa at the RWC 2015 Pool Allocation Draw later this year. "
France have only JUST lost 3rd spot to SA... so who's to say that all three of NZ, Aus and SA will be inside the top 4 at the time of the rankings?
I'll use SA as an example, as they are most at risk.. but what if they lose the series against England (2-1).. and then go on to lose both games vs NZ, both games vs Aus and the away game vs Arg in the Rugby Championship?
In the mean time France win the 6 Nations, and Wales nick the series against Australia.
Surely that would see Wales and France both push above SA in the rankings? Not to mention England (if they did win that series?).
Perhaps this is not likely, but it's certainly not beyond the realm of possibility, and it seems a little presumptious to be already locking in the ABs, Aus and SA as (in no particular order) 1-2-3 come the WC seedings...
Posted 11:47 07th March 2012
I love how the Irish always talk themselves up based on club performances. You've just edged past Argentina and now you're beating the All Blacks at home?? Baaaaaaaahahahahahaha!! How about you win your poxy 6 nations first. When you're done beating the 4th, 5th, 6th and - well, wherever Scotland and Italy are now - best teams in the world, then you might have half of a half of a chance
Posted 09:12 07th March 2012
Let's look at it this way, There is 1 irish player who would get into the AB's at the moment and thats Rob Kearney.
ireland simply don't have the quality to beat New Zealand. One sight of the Haka and they are nearly beaten by the First Whistle. You will note during the summer that Irish voices will be screaming for "the Haka to be banned" and that it gives the Kiwi's "unfair advantage". Nonsense of course.
I do, however, think we'll run them close but only in the third test with the series over and they let their Kids out for a run but they'll still beat us because Kiwis are born with a Rugby ball in they're hands. The structure isn't here to groom the quality they produce.
It would be lovely to see but It won't be this year. Autumn 2013 maybe, if they come over to Dublin.
I have one question though. Why, when the all blacks travel, do the opposing event organisers (and it happens everywhere with the possible exception of Australia) put microphines on the pitch to further boost the power of the haka. It surely adds a bit more balls to the all blacks hearing it over the PA system which makes them sound like Gods. The crowd can jeer all they want they will still sound formidable. Don't mic it then jeer so loud they and your team can't hear them. The power will then be lost in a sea of noise from your own fans and will be nowhere near as signifigant and might even serve to intimidate them rather than them intimidate you. Just an observation that might need to be discussed.
Posted 14:05 06th March 2012
I think its a fairer reflection of the ranking. Argentina have done nothing since the world cup in 2007 to justify their ranking. Since 07, their only notable victories were over England, France and three times against Scotland. So how can Scotland be ranked three places lower than Argentina AND teams it has never lost to(Samoa and Tonga). Since 07 WC Scotland has beaten the likes of England, Australia, South Africa, Ireland(x2) and Argetina(x3). Sorry, but the rankings are a joke.
Posted 11:28 06th March 2012
It does have to happen sometime & when it does happen just remember it took them over 100 years. Just keep that in mind while your heads are swelling up. Not 100 tests but if the AB's WC hoodoo was acknowledged as '24 years' then surely I can say years.
Even with 3 tests it would still be a very tough ask in NZ. For example there has only ever been 2 home nation victories in NZ, both by England. I'm betting it will happen in Ireland in the not too distant future. Every AB player is aware of the record & none of them want to be part of the first team to lose to Ireland. So they always have that extra motivation but of course so do Ireland it's just vice versa.
Posted 10:49 06th March 2012
it appears the joke is on you billymutt.
Posted 10:23 06th March 2012
Billymutt - has to happen sometime. And I have a feeling it will be this year. And we all know the stat, so in order to prevent Kiwis from continuing to dangle 0 wins in front of us (excepting Munster of course, you didn't mention that one), there is no better opportunity than this year - 3 chances in a row, and Ireland will be high in confidence with another H-Cup and ML League in the bag.
Posted 08:51 06th March 2012
Yeah Well 3 of last years semi finalists were runner-ups in their pools & there were 2 in the 07 semis, so you're quite right ThinkingGame. You're inevitably going to have to beat the best to win it anyway & champions is what all the 6 nations, Rugby championship sides, & even the best P.I side should be aiming for.
Posted 00:57 06th March 2012
DaveJ you are quite right, but this only because of a clever ploy by New Zealand to drop down the rankings and not be the favourite for the next world cup, taking the pressure off until the inevitably win it.
Posted 16:50 05th March 2012
I take the point about dodging the big guns in the pool, but France took a thumping in the autumn without it derailing their tournament, and Wales gained confidence from running the Boks close. If you're good enough to beat the top 4 sides in 2015, where you're seeded now is irrelevant.
Posted 16:29 05th March 2012
its ok cause Ireland will beat New Zealand 3 times this summer on tour and claim 1st spot before the world cup seeding. Nothing to worry about.
Posted 14:48 05th March 2012