Should be a a classic match up. After all these are two top teams, laden with international stars, and despite the emotion of it all because of the earthquake back home, there are simply 4 points waiting to be taken by the winner. It’s a game of rugby, and everything else is a “bloody distraction” as Toddy said last week.
Personally, I think all you Northern stalwarts should go just to see Robbie Fruean and Sonny Bill Williams run out. These two stepping, offloading, tackling Bison are everyone’s touted backup centre duo for the All Blacks this year, and they are in stunning form. I think the only thing that may prevent them is that they have displace Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith - no easy task. Nonu’s form is dipping, but these two are class.
Mind you, with past All Black coaches playing everyone but a centre at centre in a World Cup ... maybe Ted will take four to six specialty mid-fielders.
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