What a tight, intriguing summer of cricket NZ are having...
Calm down Ratpoo
This is not playing out how I thought. Nick Foles is on fire. 340+ yards and 3 TDs as the Eagles cruise to victory.
Is the Philly defence as good as Jacksonville's? What a story it would be if Foles could win all the chockies
Vikings is #1, Jacksonville #2, Eagles maybe #4?
Only difference is that the Eagles is a more complete team.. Eagles overwhelming favourites for a Superbowl win..
No such thing against NE. Last time the Eagles made the big game it was 2004 against..... the Patriots, who won. The last time they won it all was Dick Vermeil's team in 1980!!!
Sorry what? Raiders smoked the Eagles in that Super Bowl --> 27 to 10.
No more convos about GOAT
I'm not sure how this particular playoff run cements anything - beat the Titans then beat the Jags both at home - that has to be about the easiest path to a Super Bowl in a long long time - heck the 49ers did the exact same thing a few weeks ago.
Four young players, all part of the Blues Under-20s and selected for the New Zealand Under-20 training squad, join the Blues for 10 weeks fulltime training as part of the Interim Training Contract scheme. They are Rob Cobb, Hoskins Sotutu, Harry Plummer and Tanielu Tele’a. There are a further nine players who have joined as replacements for injured or for All Blacks and Maori All Blacks who are staged back into Super Rugby in January. The eight are Marcel Renata (Auckland), Ross Wright (Northland), Jacob Pierce (Auckland), Antonio Kirikiri (Manawatu), Lewis Gjaltema (North Harbour), Orbyn Leger (Counties Manukau), Sione Havili (Auckland) and Jordan Hyland (Northland).
Experience is overrated. That is how you end up with Chris Noakes as your 10.
By 2019 Josh Ioane and Fletcher Smith would have had another year in the setup.
I agree Mitchell Hunt would be a very likely and very good target though - Highlanders and Tasman have a very close relationship - isnt Mitchell Drummond's old man (Tasman family) on the board of the Highlanders?
Good call having Caleb Clarke in there. I forgot how young he is (18) given he has already played NZ U20s last year. As much as i'd love to see him unleashed for the Blues there is no need to rush him this season - 7s is a good option for his development at this stage.
I like AJ. He's a well spoken, likable kid. Probably on PEDs but I hope he's not.
I think Parker is doing what he has to do to sell himself. If he has to be a clown he going to do it. Im not really a huge fan of it, you always want our guy to be the cool one. But Higgins seems to have found a way to get Joe noticed and their all going to be rich regardless of the outcome.
I will say this though. Parker can win.
Massive call Raz.
Off topic slightly but imagine if tennis players had to trash talk to gain interest in a match. Roger Federer, who vies with Wynton Rider as the most boring athlete on earth, would be absolutely terrible.
@chris-b But to me it's a different situation.
Beauden's weighing up 'I get the chance to be an AB legend whilst being the highest paid player in NZ - i'm close enough as it gets to guaranteed AB starting XV selection for the next 5 years' whereas these fringe guys are thinking 'I think i've reached my playing/financial peak at NZ (i've hit a ceiling), do I hang around for scraps and risk injury etc or do I go make hay whilst the sun shines'
@mn5 That depends.
When someone turns up with $50 million and carries off Beaudie and Brodie and our RWC chances with them, there will be a few more people in my camp.
Not the same situation. None of Luatua, Piutau or Sopoaga were AB starters.
Beaudie and Brodie would be 2 of the highest paid ABs and most influential players for the best team in the world.
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