Monday 27 March 2017

Irish exploits don't fill Kiwi public with fear

STICKING with the All Blacks, a poll released in New Zealand yesterday revealed that Kiwis are less confident of their country winning the World Cup later this year -- despite it being on home soil -- than they were in 2003 when it was held in Australia.

The poll, conducted by UMR research, found that 77pc of New Zealanders believe the All Blacks will win the competition for the first time since the inaugural 1987 tournament, compared to 85pc in 2003.

Of the countries rated the greatest threat to New Zealand, 39pc said it would be reigning champions South Africa, 32pc said Australia, 10pc said England with only 7pc going for France.

Ireland, despite hammering England and scoring three tries to one when narrowly losing to France, are not seen as credible threats.

"We are all astonished and deeply shocked by the decision." -- A Llanelli spokesperson following the astonishing decision of the WRU to drop a citing against Cross Keys after Gavin Quinnell was blinded in one eye and forced into early retirement.

"If a hate figure is needed, let it be me."

-- Toulon boss Mourad Boudjellal claims that his players' hatred for him drove them to victory over Stade Francais.

"Diehards in the Home Unions should now back the new rugby world order based on the Super Rugby vision." -- After the Crusaders-Sharks try-fest at Twickenham, 'The Sydney Morning Herald' urges British and Irish rugby to embrace the southern way.

Irish Independent

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