Saturday, January 21, 2012

Anzac rugby players preparing for 2012 season...

B)With their Christmas break behind them, rugby footballers on both sides of the Tasman are finishing their last weeks of training - preparing for pre-season or early season games, whether rugby union or rugby league.


Super 15 squad members in both NZ and Australia will be playing amongst their own franchises, while NRL players will be playing in special games in Australia - the All Stars v the All Legends. The new concept is very well conceived, very popular and well supported.

Rugby in NZ will be different in future years with the bogeyman of the RWC gone from their collective shoulders.The AB's have joined the Australian Wallabies and South African Springboks as dual winners of the RWC. While England won one RWC through a Jonny Wilkinson drop goal in the final in Australia, it seems inconceivable that the talented, skilful and ever-emotional French have never won a final. Two runners-up medals in NZ in both 1987 and 2011. Anybody can win in 2015, but it won't be England. Just a reminder - NZ beat France 8-7 in the final at Eden Park in Auckland. Four more years for Les Blues!

The Crusaders must be licking their lips in anticipation of two super-fit icons - skipper and No 7 Richie McCaw (who played most of the RWC campaign on one leg) and playmaker No 10 Dan Carter invalided out of the finals because of serious groin injuries. Last year's winners the Queensland Reds will be thinking just a little more and longer when they meet in a couple of months or so. I predict the Crusaders will make the top four playoffs again. They will be playing at their new home-ground at Rugby League Park in Christchurch within a few weeks of the start of the season.

I'll also predict that the Melbourne Storm and the NZ Warriors have a great chance of making the play-offs again in 2012. Crusaders Queensland Reds
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