Hardness by rugby breed:"That one act of belligerence set the tone for the 80 minutes and had a huge impact on the test because clearly Tupou didn't like being singled out by such a deliberate act of aggression, and like many self-styled Wallabies hard men of the past, discovered, in front of 45,000 New Zealanders at Eden Park, that he was nowhere near as tough as he thought," Paul wrote.
"What the All Blacks remembered at Eden Park is that Australia doesn't actually do genuine hard men."
1. The Saxon yeoman (less belligerent than some others on this list, but possessed of an ingrained stubbornness that trumps all)
2. The New Zealander (frontier edge allied with a natural, Saxon-like stubbornness)
3. The Boer (big, feral backwoodsmen; natural hardcases by dint of upbringing)
4. The Argentine (nasty mob with a sly Latin edge, but don't like it up 'em)
5. The Frog (ferociously aggressive at times, but not good in retreat - lacking in stubbornness)
6. The Welshman (a pastier version of the Frog - enjoy a good brawl, but lack phlegm when the going gets tough)
7. The Gael (a few decent specimens, usually from Ulster, but mostly lacking in true dog when the vibe turns edgy)
8. The Scot (the less said, the better)
9. The Australian rugger man (silver spooned, weak-willed half-men. Everyone knows that all the real hard cases in Australia play League).