Curse of the Perennial Favourites

Another NZ Rugby World Cup campaign has ended in tatters, with the All Blacks bowing out 18-20 to France in the quarterfinal. Despite being consistently ranked first in the world, and NZ being the only country with rugby as truly its national sport, the All Blacks have failed to win a World Cup since the inaugural event in 1987. Hooker Anton Oliver described a “smell of death” hanging over the All Black camp since the shock loss; back home, fans have tried everything from the classic referee blame-game, to auctioning the All Blacks off for $1 on TradeMe. “We’d worked so hard to get to where we were,” said star first five-eight Daniel Carter. “To be sitting in the changing room was a hollow and quiet place to be.” Carter’s decision to continue playing rugby in NZ – unlike seven of his team mates – is one positive note to come out of the failed campaign. The next World Cup will be hosted by NZ, as was the 1987 event. As International Herald Tribune columnist Peter Berlin observes, “If they cannot win again at home, maybe they never will.”


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All Black Beauden Barrett Signs with Suntory

All Black Beauden Barrett Signs with Suntory

All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett, 29, will play for the Suntory Sungoliath in Japan’s Top League next season, which starts in January 2021, Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun reports. Barrett, a two-time…