Monday, June 15, 2009

All Black Season Starts

The Iveco series has begun and the All Blacks have got off to a...surprising start? The country was in shock on Saturday night when the final whistle blew in Dunedin's Carisbrook park to see the All Blacks lose to the French at home for the first time in 15 years and the fourth time ever!!! Saturday's game even fetching comments like this "This years All Black team is the worst in history". Although I doubt that very much, the All Blacks have been at the mercy of injuries to key players.

Here are the names listed to be in the All Black squad for 2009:

Forwards: Adam Thomson, Ali Williams, Andrew Hore, Brad Thorn, Bryn Evans, Isaac Ross, Jerome Kaino, John Afoa, Kevin Mealamu, Neemia Tialata, Tenarau Latimer, Tony Woodcock, Wyatt Crockett.
Backs:Brendon Leonard, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Isaia Toeava, Jimmy Cowan, Josevata Rokocoko, Luke McAlister, Ma'a Nonu, Mils Muliaina (Captain), Piri Weepu, Rudi Wolf and Stephen Donald.

Some Players have not been listed as they are out from injury, e.g.Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, some of the world's best

In my opinion a interception from the French fullback was the game winning try as until that point the scores were level at 17-17 although I believe the French forwards especially the back row was physically more prominent at the breakdown which kept the All Blacks on defence and even getting to the stage where NZ could not even secure their own ball from the ruck area.

The All Black Coach Graham Henry has realised the lack of dominance and flair in the game and as a result is making three changes to the starting line up; Injured Adam Thomson will be replaced with Tenarau Latimer, Conrad Smith for Isaia Toeava and Jerome Kaino for Liam Messam who has been dropped from the squad completely!!!

I think the French will be a hard team to beat next week in Wellington as they feast on confidence and they will be thinking to themselves "we can win again". It would be a real blow to NZ to lose twice at home but I fear it could happen.

However we will have to wait until Saturday to find out the results but the All Blacks definitely need to step up their game if they have any chance of beating this French team.


  1. Brilliant writing, MysteryMan! You have encapsulated the realities of the game in your review and made an insightful prediction for this weekend's game.
    As discussed with you whilst reviewing your opinion piece, there are a few typos, wee punctuation errors, and one or two syntactic opportunities for improvement [does that make sense?]. On the whole, however, I find your style engaging, your content interesting and despite your uncertainty about future career paths, I suggest you continue to develop your journalistic talent as a hobby. You never know where it might lead...

  2. Well done for editing after our session together. I can still see a couple of spelling errors but you have made it better with the changes you have made.
    Keep up the good work - I can't wait for your post match review next week!
    Remember to email a link to your blog to your relatives in Pommyland so they can read your excellent work.

  3. kewl blog. We deserved to lose, we playing like rubbish. We're at that point where most of our experienced players have left us and we are left to train up our rookies so one day they can be the experienced ones.

  4. Wow! Your great at sports reports!!