Tag: New Zealand

Cup In The Air, Feet On The Ground

Humility is an attribute that is getting rarer in contemporary professional sport. With football players refusing to play so they can get big money transfers and NFL MVPs obligated to say they are “going to Disneyland!” you are unlikely to see the best of the best refusing to celebrate or a last-gasp loser showing magnanimity.  

Who To Pick for the Semis

It’s not the RaboDirect PRO12 on a week where BBC Alba has deserted you, or even the LV Cup (although that is on this weekend). Nope, no matter how hard you look, there is no Scottish involvement in the Rugby World Cup Semi-finals this weekend. Not even a touch judge to root for. So who are you going for? Here’s a little help.

Welcome to New Zealand

Some pundits *cough Stephen Jones *cough* have a history of winding up the Kiwis, insulting everything from hospitality to weather to their general attitude. But so far the welcome here has been amazing, and ne’re a grumpy kiwi in sight. Although a few eccentrics for sure, like the guy who runs up and down Baldwin St (steepest in the world) every day.

RWC Build-Up: Does Superstardom Await?

3 days to go and the mounting pressure and rise in exposure is inescapable.

RWC 2011 kicks off on Friday with Tonga unleashing the Sipi Tau against the hosts, NZ, and suddenly we are made aware of every movement by every team, every day. It will continue like this throughout the tournament and at a time when every top tier nation is looking for recognition and respect we can only expect more scrutiny than ever before.

Analysing the All Blacks

At 5.15 on Saturday a few boys may get the shock of their lives. According to Allblacks.com the grumpy headmaster Graham Henry respects Scotland enough not to tinker…too much.

Al is right, the All Blacks aren’t Supermen. So looking at our team selection and the way NZ coasted past England in 2nd gear, what do we expect?