I've been following the Hayne story with much interest also,
and I have no doubt the guy will make the final cut for the
One slight correction to this very interesting piece,
however. Colin Scotts did play for the Australian schoolboys,
but in the rugby union version, out of Sydney's prestigious
Scots College. A world away from Hayne's upbringing (which
makes Hayne's achievements even more remarkable).
Knighthood for what? Getting over-paid for doing something
you enjoy and managing to be civil to fans? Actually
nauseating. What a giveaway that Key described McCaw as
having a 'great brand', very revealing. Personally, I would
favour acknowledgement of those in the community who make a
real difference, volunteering, contributing and making it a
But no, let's continue to genuflect before the great god of
rugby. Why stop at a knighthood, how about Richie for Pope??
Distraction alert! King Key is trying to piggyback on the All
Blacks' success and the emotion and respect around McCaw.
It is sickening that the All Blacks with their history are
letting themselves be so hijacked. At least losing in London
at the RWC (if we make it that far) will not be so traumatic
now knowing that the interloper would be foiled.
Adam Knight can barely make a devestating impact at premier
level, how's he going to do anything at the next level? Dawai
has shown all season he is the best 6 by a long stretch.
Shame they seem to pick on how hard they train and not what
they do on the field.
I continue to be amazed at the reluctance of New Zealanders
to openly criticize sub-standard performances by Richie McCaw
and the All Black coaching team. McCaw is the Captain and
therefore the on-field Manager who should have recognized the
All Black shortcomings against Australia, in particular the
back-line of Carter and Williams. He should have "had words"
in no uncertain manner - but he did not. The Coaches should
have ensured that Carter, Williams and McCaw got a right old
bollicking at half-time. Judging by the second-half
performance this did not happen.
Past All Black Captains have bitten the bullet and said it
like it should be said.The All Blacks have now been accused
of predictability by several newspaper critics but have
failed to "fix the problem". Sam Cane should be the flanker
to replace McCaw, who should be a reserve player in the World
Cup. The time is well past when the NZ All Black team can
afford to continue to nurse players and coaches who are now
well past their prime.
The boys in blue will have a tough job winning the
championship with Wellington and Hawkes Bay to compete
against. Personally I'd prefer to see one competition. Does
it really matter if a fulll round isn't played ??
Canterbury up first which will be tough although after a good
preseason an upset is possible.