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All Blacks 1996 says...A few years ago I had the privilege to go out for a beer with Professor Robert Snowdowne (University of the Orange Free State). He was the SARB appointed touring team physician to the 1976 All Blacks in South Africa. He was the chap that designed Grant Batty's moving knee brace.
He said he made an agreement with Peter Whiting to get him through the test series, on condition he retire immediately. The disk space in his back were collapsing. Batty could barely walk some days. Ken Stewart had back issues, and Kerry Tanner should have been sent home early in the tour.
I do not agree that flyhalves Doug Bruce and Duncan Robertson played badly at all. That was a keenly contested position by two fine All Blacks. Doug Bruce was a good tactical kicker, and Robertson was admirable out of position at fullback. Neither was a goal kicker, and Robertson was never intended as a full back.
McLook you have opened some very old and deep wounds. I am off to see my anger management counsellor.
All Blacks 1996 says...SkyTV appear to organise the fixture list now. These are australian people that that have tried to reduce rugby to a branch of the entertainment industry. Rugby did not need to improved to appeal to the unwashed. I agree these B team Trinations fixtures do not capture the imagination of traditional supporters.
I suggest NZ and SA red card OZ from the Trinations and Super Rugby, and resume touring. News Corporation is ruining the game.
All Blacks 1996 says...This was a good All Black team, they beat the Lions in 1977. Neutral referees were offered and foolishly refused by the NZRFU in 1976.
The teams in the 1976 series were very evenly matched, the All Blacks scored more tries, but Gerald Bosch was the difference between the two teams.
All Blacks 1996 says...New Zealand had waited a long time for 1996.
All Blacks 1996 says...To me beating the Springboks means much more than winning a World Cup.
Small boys playing backyard rugby in NZ with their brothers and fathers imagine beating the Springboks. Watching the Robertson incidents in the 4th test in 1976 left my class of 11 year olds and my under 12 rugby team in shock. How could this happen? BeeGee Williams, Batty, Going, Robertson, Kirkpatrick, Whiting carried our collective hopes as a nation, and were worshiped like gods in NZ. Bezuidenhout had robbed us.
All Blacks 1996 says...I was at Loftus that day in 1996, flew all night to get there. I was alone in the stand surrounded by boers and they all reminded me of what had never been achieved. Die Stem in afrikaans drowned out the official music, and there was dead silence during Nkosi Sikeleli Africa.
The most amazing and intimidating atmosphere I have experienced at a rugby game.
Afterwards the South Africans gave me their hospitality, and we parted as friends.
All Blacks 1996 says...Incidents like this made defeating the Springboks in South Africa a matter of national importance, regardless of world opinion.
I understand Clive Norling was also very unpopular in SA in 1981. Kevin Skinner has been unpopular in SA for more than 50 years. Craven was hated and admired in NZ.