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HotW: The All Blacks

There are no manlier men than rugby players. The New Zealand All Blacks are the embodiment of this.

They are also known for using the Haka, a Māori war dance… 14 more words


All Blacks tour finishes with win over Wales; by RICHARD KNOWLER IN CARDIFF

The All Blacks’ reputation as the cruellest team in world rugby remains intact.

Just ask the Welsh fans who for 70 minutes held on to the hope their side would break a 61-year losing streak against the New Zealanders before watching them succumb 34-16 as Richie McCaw celebrated captaining the All Blacks for the 100th time with a win. 688 more words

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Wales implode as Barrett brilliance seals All Blacks win

The All Blacks have ended their 2014 season with a win that turned out to be convincing at Millennium Stadium 34-16.

In his 100th match as captain, Richie McCaw would have been a little nervous about wether or not he would be celebrating the occasion in style with about twenty minutes left to play. 301 more words


Negative Momentum?

Today may offer very different challenges but for Wales and England there is a common dread of real, terminal slippage, of that irreversible lurch against them. 1,621 more words


The Pain Barrier

I recently saw a news article about a basketball player who suffered a fractured wrist early on in a game. He continued to play. Apparently he also spent the day on an IV drip owing to illness, and it was uncertain whether he would play at all. 447 more words

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Try and Tackle podcast: November rugby tour wrap

Canada and the USA are wrapping up their November rugby tours.

How did they do? What did we learn? What can we say about the Rugby World Cup a year from now? 53 more words


A lads and Dads weekend

Finally it’s Friday and, after another intense week, I get to look forward to the weekend. Work is manic at the moment, am still loving it, and have a potential end to the current madness in sight with a potentially growing team soon, but blimey Charlie it’s making me tired. 707 more words