Before anyone scream “SOUR GRAPES” or “BAD LOSER”, please read my entire tirade and then respond. On Saturday we were properly beaten by a better side, and I'm taking it on the chin with no complaints! The All Blacks out played and out “thinked” the Springboks on every level of the game.
That is actually just one part of the story of this past weekend’s rugby!
The All Black management’s blatant transgression of the rules, regarding team selection, and team lists, should have been part of the headlines in the newspapers. Dane Coles was never part of the team list registered for this game. Kevin Mealamu was listed as the reserve no.2! What is the point of registering your team before the game with the necessary authorities, if you blatantly disrespect those rules and authorities? What is the point of having rules and laws controlling this kind of thing, if one team blatantly transgress these rules with impunity, and no-one has the balls to say a word?
If any other team, in any other professional sporting code do the same, there will be huge repercussions. Some football teams even had their participation in international competitions suspended because of shenanigans like this. Yet the All Blacks get away with it? WHY? Their explanation that it was a simple typing error is ridiculous. Mealamu/Coles? Really? Juvetus was chucked out of the Eufa Cup and suspended from international competition for 5 years for fiddling with team lists. It nearly wiped out one of the oldest football clubs in Europe for ever.
What about the All Blacks? NOTHING! To make matter worse, SARU actually apologised to the All Black management for the one official that did question this blatant cheating. SANZAR officially congratulated the All Blacks for a job well done! The IRB said it is a “non issue” not worthy of a comment! Why are the controlling bodies, internationally and locally to gutless to take the New Zealanders on for their blatant breaking of every rule in the book, on and off the field? Is this how this group of players want to be remembered? The best team in the world, or the best cheats in the world?
After every match the All Black play there is some bad taste, controversy! Getting away with team list fiddling! Blatant on the field rules transgression without any repercussion, like the off-side rule that obviously doesn’t apply to Richie McCaw, obstruction, illegal scrumming, etc. etc! Blatant dirty/dangerous play, without any penalty! Every weekend some distasteful controversy and the officialdom are toe weak or too scared to say anything or to react to the mighty All Blacks!
I would like to also highlight the instant New Zealand nationality for every Pacific Islander that shows any rugby talent in his teenage years. This is the same management that wet their pants about 'The Beasts' legitimacy to play for South Africa. Remember Kennedy Tsimba? He was selected to play for South Africa and had to be withdrawn because of some obscure legitimacy rule, which only applies to us, and not New Zealand. Currently 6 to 11 of their starting 15 All Blacks were born outside New Zealand, depending on specific selection! Samoa, Tonga and Fiji would have been rugby powerhouses if New Zealand didn't rape them of every talented 12 year old with irresistible school “scholarships” and the like. Damn, New Zealand rugby academy scouts are even spotted at our Rugby Craven week, dishing out there business cards.
Maybe they should be renamed as the South Pacific All Blacks and not the New Zealand All Blacks! A much more fitting name, looking at the feeding area from where there players originate!
South Africa is responsible for about 75% of SANZAR’s income, yet we are treated as second class citizens. We should have been the undisputed kings of the castle, not the awful step-brother! Why are we allowing them to treat us like this? Why are we still part of this ridiculous organisation?
If we walk away from SANZAR and find a better, more law abiding and rules compatible international rugby home in the north, Australia and New Zealand rugby will lose their golden goose, their big bucks, their players, and their dominance in no time!
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