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Elite rugby, as we know, is played 90 percent in the head. Ireland, after a century of trying, knocked the All Blacks over in 2016 - and now they've done it again. It's hard to imagine the Welsh and Scots won't fancy their chances of following suit in short order. The fear factor is clearly gone.

So, what happens to the All Blacks now that the aura is dead? They'll remain excellent, to be sure, but can an aura-less New Zealand continue to win at 95%+ or even 90%+? Is 80% acceptable to New Zealanders? Or will relentless public pressure place an intolerable burden on a clearly fragile team?

The nature of sporting dynasties is that once they pop, they pop in a big way. Will people in 30 years time look back on the All Blacks in the same way they now look back on the Hungarian football team of the 1950s - as a glorious relic of a bygone age?


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Hopefully some fresh journalism.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:41 pm 
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Mr Mike wrote:
Hopefully some fresh journalism.


:lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:43 pm 
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Don't worry the English will resurrect her through through there love for her. Similar to Orpheus and Aura dice


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:43 pm 
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Mr Mike wrote:
Hopefully some fresh journalism.


Yes stephen Jones will most probably copy and paste this tomorrow


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brat wrote:
Mr Mike wrote:
Hopefully some fresh journalism.


Yes stephen Jones will most probably copy and paste this tomorrow


Eh? Half his player ratings where written before today?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:46 pm 
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What happens next is that England will ...



































































still be shit


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:48 pm 
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When NZ get Gatland or Schmidt they'll go up a gear and restore former glories.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:49 pm 
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Well we lose the RWC

Duh!!!!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:50 pm 
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Now that the aura is dead I suspect an all NH RWC playoff.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:51 pm 
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Well we lose the RWC

Duh!!!!

Thought that was a given. Better NZ teams make heavy weather of it.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:53 pm 
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Not so much fear factor as play better...

some of the rest have closed the gap. Suspect it is easier for the rest to catch up than for NZ to get significantly better. They got there before the others.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:55 pm 
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Needy thread.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:57 pm 
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I thought it was like the Ranfurly Shield? You only lose it in home defeats?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:58 pm 
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Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.


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Needy thread.

Let him be, he is only seeking relevance.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:01 pm 
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eldanielfire wrote:
brat wrote:
Mr Mike wrote:
Hopefully some fresh journalism.


Yes stephen Jones will most probably copy and paste this tomorrow


Eh? Half his player ratings where written before today?


Yeh but he will no doubt pontificate about auras etc. -and England’s totally unrelated ‘unlucky’ loss


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:40 am 
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How has Ireland winning today removed the Aura for Scotland and Wales!. I would of thought a win first would be in order.


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I expect a general election which will be won by the NZ feminist LGTB party followed by mass emmigration to europe.


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[quote="MrDominator"]Elite rugby, as we know, is played 90 percent in the head. Ireland, after a century of trying, knocked the All Blacks over in 2016 - and now they've done it again. It's hard to imagine the Welsh and Scots won't fancy their chances of following suit in short order. The fear factor is clearly gone.

So, what happens to the All Blacks now that the aura is dead? They'll remain excellent, to be sure, but can an aura-less New Zealand continue to win at 95%+ or even 90%+? Is 80% acceptable to New Zealanders? Or will relentless public pressure place an intolerable burden on a clearly fragile team?

The nature of sporting dynasties is that once they pop, they pop in a big way. Will people in 30 years time look back on the All Blacks in the same way they now look back on the Hungarian football team of the 1950s - as a glorious relic of a bygone age?[/quote]
WTF would you Brits know about it ??


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:28 am 
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The Sun God wrote:
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Elite rugby, as we know, is played 90 percent in the head. Ireland, after a century of trying, knocked the All Blacks over in 2016 - and now they've done it again. It's hard to imagine the Welsh and Scots won't fancy their chances of following suit in short order. The fear factor is clearly gone.

So, what happens to the All Blacks now that the aura is dead? They'll remain excellent, to be sure, but can an aura-less New Zealand continue to win at 95%+ or even 90%+? Is 80% acceptable to New Zealanders? Or will relentless public pressure place an intolerable burden on a clearly fragile team?

The nature of sporting dynasties is that once they pop, they pop in a big way. Will people in 30 years time look back on the All Blacks in the same way they now look back on the Hungarian football team of the 1950s - as a glorious relic of a bygone age?


WTF would you Brits know about it ??


Shirley the Brits are well-qualified to comment on relics of a bygone age...


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