NZ Rugby World
Super Rugby has been boom and then bust. But what is next for this once great competition?
Thank goodness for the internet where you can rip off other people’s crap research and present it as your own. Well done us – because that is exactly we have done with our quick guide to who is who and what is what this year.
It was Super 10 once, then Super 12. Super 14 for a while and then Super 15. There were a couple of years where it was Super 18 now it is Super 15 again. Clearly we all need to sit down and work out how on earth this competition is set up for 2018.
We have established that one thing we don’t want to adopt from the States is one Mr D. Trump. But we do like the Most Valuable Player concept that seems rife in American sport.
The Blues have inched forward in the last two seasons but will this be the year they take a quantum leap and learn how to win pressure games against NZ sides?
The French have a saying ‘no scrum, no win’. In Super Rugby it should be ‘No 10, no win’ So we look at the best first-fives in the competition and analyse what they bring.
From once being the least predictable side in Super Rugby, the Hurricanes have become a model of consistency in the last three years.
There are nine New Zealand coaches in charge of Super Rugby sides. But who has what it takes to steer their side to victory?
Want to really know what to think about Super Rugby this year? Look at these numbers and they will tell you everything.
The defending champions are only likely to be better in 2018 and are strongly fancied to go back-to-back.
The Chiefs begin a new era under coach Colin Cooper who is likely to use Damian McKenzie at first-five.
New coach Aaron Mauger is inheriting a side shorn of some of its best talent but one that will still be dangerous.
We pick our Super Rugby Dream XV.
Richard Bath is not convinced England are all they cracked up to be under Eddie Jones.
Wynne Gray reckons plenty of European clubs will be hoping to snare more fringe All Blacks like Lima Sopoaga.
Kevin Roberts is sure that Manchester City and the All Blacks play their respective codes exactly the same way.
BLUES RECRUITMENT BALANCE
HIGHLANDERS RECRUITMENT BALANCE
HURRICANES RECRUITMENT BALANCE
SHARKS RECRUITMENT BALANCE
STORMERS RECRUITMENT BALANCE
Striking a Knockout Blow
How The Playoffs Would Look This Year
Who They Avoid
Five big questions
Five players who will shine
Five smart signings
Five men under pressure to perform
Never Done It
Four big picture questions
Champion of Champions
Razor Doubles Up
Five tactical questions
Three safe bets
Three wild predictions
Three things that need to happen
Three things we got right last year
One thing we got horribly wrong
How the NZ teams will finish
Foreign teams in a nutshell
10 Overseas players to watch
Three foreign teams to fear the most
MOST TRIES [Individual]
MOST POINTS [Individual]
Men of Influence
Human Wrecking Balls
The Finishing Touches
Can’t be Defined
AN EXPLOSIVE BACKLINE THAT WANTS TO CATCH FIRE
STICKING TO THE PLAN
BEST BUY: CALEB CLARKE
RISING STAR: JORDAN TRAINOR
OLD DOG: JAMES PARSONS
PRESSURE STARTING TO CRANK BUT NOTHING MAJOR
FINDING SOMETHING EXTRA
A PACK WITH PUNCH
JUST FOR KICKS
HONEYMOON PERIOD CANCELLED
BEST BUY: TE TOIROA TAHURIORANGI
OLD DOG: LIAM MESSAM
RISING STAR: LUKE JACOBSON
Our Favourite CHIEFS MOMENT
CONSISTENCY IS THE NEW BLACK
THE MOST DANGEROUS BACKLINE IN SUPER RUGBY
SECOND-YEAR SYNDROME COULD STRIKE YOUNG STARS
BEST BUY: SAM HENWOOD
OLD DOG: DANE COLES
RISING STAR: ASAFO AUMUA
BOYD AND CO HAVE PLENTY OF GOODWILL IN THE BANK
THREE KEY MEN
THE SURPRISE FACTOR REMAINS ALIVE AND WELL
ALL THE COMPONENT PARTS PRESENT AND CORRECT
CONVERTING THE KICKING POWER OF MO’UNGA
OLD DOG: WYATT CROCKETT
BEST BUY: MIKE DELANY
RISING STAR: WILL JORDAN
TIME AND SPACE TO BACK IT UP
THREE KEY MEN
BEST BUY: SHANNON FRIZELL
RISING STAR: JOSH IOANE
OLD DOG: BEN SMITH
A STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION
THREE KEY MEN
NZ Rugby World - 2017-12-11
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