Saturday, January 26, 2008

Misc news about the teams (Crusaders & All Blacks)

New rule will suit Tuiali'i
The Press
Thursday, 24 January 2008

Mose Tuiali'i hopes one Super 14 rule change this season will have No. 8s smiling and first five-eighths cringing


Close eye on impact of law changes
The Nelson Mail
Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Robbie Deans might be playing down the impact of the experimental law variations in his pre-season planning. But expect one of the most astute coaches in Super 14 rugby history to be factoring them into his systems for the coming season.


Grand Slam bid closer for All Blacks
Thursday, 24 January 2008

The All Blacks will play England at Twickenham in November, setting up the chance of another grand slam.

An agreement between the New Zealand Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football Union was announced this morning.
IRB consent is required for the match, scheduled for Saturday, November 29, and has been applied for.
The test will offer the All Blacks the opportunity to again attempt the "grand slam" against the home nations - achieved by beating England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in one tour.
The England test will follow tests against Scotland on November 8, Ireland on November 15, and Wales on November 22.
The All Blacks achieved their first grand slam in 1978 and the 2005 team repeated the effort.
"This is an exciting addition to the All Blacks' northern hemisphere tour programme," NZRU chief executive
Steve Tew said.
"Not only does it create the opportunity for the All Blacks to pursue a grand slam in 2008 against the Rugby World Cup runners-up, but it also provides another opportunity for the many All Blacks fans in the UK and Europe to see and support their team."
RFU chief executive Francis Baron said the test would provide England another opportunity to play a test match at the highest level.
"The All Blacks at Twickenham are always a fantastic spectacle for rugby fans and I'm sure England supporters will be looking forward to the 29 November date this year."
Before playing the All Blacks, England will face the Pacific Islands on November 8, Australia on November 15 and South Africa on November 22.


Emie said...

I hope the French were the English for once...We have to wait 2009 to see a ABs vs France match in France, is that correct Mary?

MaryL said...

it's every other year... so yes, 2009 if they don't change the rules

fortunately, November 2008, it's quite possible that I will be in Ireland & see them :)

i'm really looking forward to it ;)

desolee les filles -mais sur ce coup la, ca sera tout pour ma pomme :P