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Hard isn’t it – not to get swept up in the heady hul­la­baloo.

The mo­men­tous Rugby World Cup quar­ter-fi­nals vic­tory by the All Blacks over France has un­leashed a tsunami of su­perla­tives.

Yes, even those who are non­rugby heads have found them­selves aboard the fes­tive feel­good float in the wake of that win.

And with the other hard-fought and close quar­ter-fi­nals matches, we are poised for a doozy of a fin­ish, with our boys in black primed to do what no other team has done – back-to-back Rugby World Cups.

Be­fore we get too far ahead of our­selves, wasn’t it great to see how well the team’s Manawatu play­ers per­formed.

They are emis­saries and ex­am­ples for ev­ery lo­cal rip­per rugby player, ev­ery col­lege, grass roots club grade and rep­re­sen­ta­tive team player who hopes and dreams one day to be among the best.

It can be done. And our boys did us proud.

– Richard

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