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Member Since 19 May 2004
Offline Last Active Feb 22 2015 10:05 PM

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In Topic: Outstanding RU Individual Displays.

22 February 2015 - 09:24 PM

I suspect you don't watch much Rugby Union as it seems to be just as prone to individuals having a major influence on the game as Rugby League.

Dan Carter against the Lions in the second test of 2005 is a good example of that. There have also been a number of significant impacts by individual players during games by other All Blacks more recently. Ben Smith and Julian Savea spring to mind.

In Topic: Converting to League

02 February 2015 - 06:22 PM

mathew ridge made the kiwis debut against gb with half a dozen nrl games behind him


Not even sure he had even half a dozen under his belt. I seem to recall he had around three. However to be honest the reason he was called up was mainly because of his goal kicking prowess as the Kiwis lost the second test against GB due to their goal kicking.

In Topic: America

26 January 2015 - 03:55 AM

RU has been trying to sell itself to the USA for over a century. The Americans have (wisely) not taken kindly to that particular pig in a poke, however many times they have been offered it.


The downside is that it has coloured their opinion of RL too, as most of them don't know there's a difference.


They seemed to have done reasonably well with the one off match between the USA and All Blacks.



In Topic: Huddersfield Great, Challenge Cup Winner, Wanganui Man, All Black, Athlete, R...

11 December 2014 - 01:44 AM

I don't recall seeing too many dirt-poor RU international players. Maybe this is something connected with what Jeff Probyn said about "expenses" in RU varying according not so much to how far a player had to travel, as to whether they were any good or not.


They tended to be set up in jobs that allowed them a bit of flexibility to pursue their Rugby Union playing. That stated not many were rolling in it as a result. There is this myth that the All Blacks were basically professionals all through the 1980's but I have read a number of biographies of players from this time and this was far from the case. Many of the players from farming backgrounds only managed to cope by having the local community pitch in while they were away.

In Topic: Huddersfield Great, Challenge Cup Winner, Wanganui Man, All Black, Athlete, R...

10 December 2014 - 11:51 PM

You don't remember too many amateur RL players being banned.  So you do remember some!  Why was that?  Also, why just refer to the early 90's?


Ummmm..... because we were discussing the All Blacks club and remember you stated the All Blacks were earning money whilst at the same time Amateur Rugby League players were being banned from playing Rugby Union. This was in the early 1990's. That is why we are discussing it.


Also when I stated I don't remember too many amateur RL players being banned that is me understating for effect. As far as I am aware no Amateur Rugby League player was banned by the NZRFU during this period in question. I could be wrong though. If you have evidence provide it.