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Simon Kneebone says...Love the site; great videos and commentaries.
All Blacks 1996 says...This site is a wonderful archive of rugby's greatest rivalry. Bring back the long tours, and warm up by thrashing Oz!
Bring back the biff as well.
McLook says...Agree. These long tours was something else and I would love to see it back. Reality is it is not as profitable as S15 and Tri-nations.
But hey we can have a yarn about the old days and read and watch some pictures of the old heroes on Sunday when we have nothing else to do.
Welcome I am sure you'll find my current topic (the 1956 tour) interesting reading. I try and post a new piece every weekend. The next one will be about the Waikato game which had a significant impact on the tour.
All Blacks 1996 says...Unfortunately rugby is now in the hands of sponsors and multi national media interests, which are infringing on the cultural soul of the game, and corrupting our national identity and sporting values. Commercialism is threatening to make the final cut from the Corinthian values that have defined rugby.
If rugby is reduced to a franchised branch of the entertainment industry by australian media interests, its social significance in our country will decline. When domestic and international rugby becomes a media managed experience, the connection between players and the public is not as close as it has historically been in our countries. The sense of us all having a stake in our team is replaced by the players need to justify their money, rather than the team expressing our hopes and collective desire with the ball. To beat the All Blacks, or the Springboks we need players that do not do it just for the money.
All Blacks 1996 says...Rugby's appeal, traditions, intrinsic qualities of contact, movement, fluidity, combat, and direct personal expression, still have the power to create communities filled with interest, passion and desire. If ever the laws of nature were embodied in a game, rugby played well is the illustration.
Rugby has played a key part in shaping the type of people New Zealanders are today. Our greatest rugby players have provided our nation with a brilliant reflection of ourselves. Rugby players that represented provinces were standard bearers.
This was achieved by an aristocracy of sporting talent that lived, worked, and played amongst us. In small communities, it was rugby that had an extraordinary capacity to focus loyalty and belonging. Today a marketing franchise, or re-branding campaign cannot come close to matching this.
It is essential to the future of the game that grassroots rugby in the heartland of NZ should be preserved. New Zealand has always represented a concentrated conveyor belt of natural rugby talent coupled with visionary coaching from unpaid volunteers in rural communities, and school playgrounds.