Month: August 2014

All Blacks are the best team in world sport

After an awe-inspiring victory at the fortress of Eden Park this past Saturday night the question has to be asked, where do the All Blacks rank among the greatest sporting teams in the world? The All Blacks were under immense pressure from the week before, where their foes, the Wallabies, were able to sustain a draw in Sydney. Leading up to the game, the All Blacks’ aura was questioned as people queried whether they were still the dominant undefeated force of 2013. Amidst all the criticism, they dished out one of the strongest performances on any rugby level and sent out a huge message to the other countries waiting in line. After the 2011 World Cup the All Blacks have stepped it up a level, winning 30 out of a possible 33 matches, with two draws and only one sole loss. This winning percentage of 90 per cent has the All Blacks riding high, but where would they rank among the world’s best sporting teams? Every sport has their dominant side that always seem to reign supreme. Many teams may have staked their claims as the world’s best team, but truly, with all taken into accordance, who would the best team be and why? There are five teams that may match up to the All Blacks on a global aspect of superior dominance to be considered as the greatest...

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The “Bill” just isn’t worth it for Sonny!

Sonny Bill Williams. The mega-star, the icon, the sensation and many other fortuitous names come to mind when you hear his name. The athlete that is better known as ‘SBW’. Amidst all the wonderful names people tend to surround Sonny with, one tends to lead to sour thoughts among many All Black fans, ‘Money’ Bill Williams. Although his talent is undeniable, given his resume of what he has already achieved in his career, many people tend to question his loyalty and ulterior motives in regards to his selection of teams to represent. In 2012, when he announced his departure from New Zealand rugby union to the lures of the NRL, many people believed he would return the following year to set himself up for an opportunity to fight for a 2015 World Cup spot. At the end of 2013, he announced he would stay on in Australia for a further year, copping criticism from many Kiwi journalists and fans. His loyalty was questioned, and the question remained, ‘Can Sonny make the World Cup squad with only one year back in Rugby?’ Fast forward to August 25, 2014. The All Blacks are fresh off an annihilating performance of the Wallabies, sending a huge message to world rugby that they were indeed the team to chase. Incumbent second five-eighth, Ma’a Nonu, who wasn’t available due to injury, was replaced by Ryan...

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Presenting the NRL’s NBA doppelgangers

From a global perspective, the NBA is the most formidable sporting brand in the world. The competition generates worldwide sports stars who earn millions of dollars each year. How does this compare to the NRL? The NRL is a 26-game seasoned event, with 16 teams all gunning for the opportunity to play in the grand final. But the sport has little global reach. Is there any basis for comparison? Just like the NBA, the NRL have some incredible and superb athletes. Strong, fast, agile and smart – the modern day version of an NRL player is every bit equal to an elite basketball athlete. What if you took, the best five current players in the NRL and compared them to the best five current NBA players, what would happen? Are they at all similar? Kobe Bryant – Cooper Cronk On one hand, you have Kobe Bryant – the ‘Black Mamba’ and the cerebral assassin. Bryant is known for his ultra-focus towards his game and never leaving any stone unturned. He may come off cocky, but his passion runs deeper than meets the eye. Who else in the NRL lives for the crunch moments other than Cooper Cronk? Cronk is the maestro, Mr Professional, the general and the ultimate halfback in today’s game. Cooper is known for how professional his approach in regards to any game can be. He is...

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