It’s good, but it’s not quite All Black

Ed Angeli
Ed Angeli
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The All Blacks, not just the greatest rugby union team year after year, but the greatest sporting team to constantly deliver. Indian cricket might have something to say about that, even Danish football have a decent shout for that title back in ’92.

But, as a whole, it can not be argued that the rugby side has rarely failed to deliver. The All Blacks balance of defence with offence makes them a regular at top level; there are zero weaknesses. From the Haka, to the 80th-minute, it is utter professionalism in its finest form; both as men conducting themselves on the pitch, and athletes playing for their country.

Much has been made of the touring British and Irish Lions this summer to New Zealand, being the ‘greatest Lions team’, the toughest selection for the Warren Gatland and his committee to choose from. However, as ‘good’ as the Northern Hemisphere players are, there is still very few who would get into the New Zealand side:

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There we have it. As good as the Lions may seem, at a push, only five – a maximum of six – would get into the All Blacks side. The Kiwis are simply too good.

The front row seems to favour the Northern Hemisphere, and perhaps an area which Warren Gatland will look to maximise. Both set pieces, especially the scrums could therefore be a game changer this June and July.

However, with such an All Black dominance in this side, coupled with their fluidity and togetherness, we can’t see past the best team in the world being toppled by the Northern Hemisphere players. The All Blacks to clinch the series 2-1 this summer.

 

 

 

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