2 Fairly big games this weekend in Auckland. On Sunday New Zealand face Australia. Is McCaw fit? Will the all Blacks risk Cruden or play Weepu first five eighth? (Where on earth does “first five eighth” come from?)
Here’s the NZ Herald - Graham Henry will be trying to stay awake…it’s a 9pm start in New Zealand – which is a bit different for the players.
In Australia they are working on those Sonny Bill Williams voodoo dolls…might be working – he’s on the bench.
McCaw is in the team – from the BBC…as is Cruden starting.
Oh and tomorrow morning there’s another game on…..Uncle Sam (Warburton) needs you – get behind Welsh Heroes – from Wales Online.. (sometimes I think we go over the top a bit):
On the pitch our young, unassuming, but highly-drilled, collection of players have become the darlings of sporting commentators the world over.
Our brand of dramatic, exuberant, but brilliantly organised rugby, has bordered at times on perfection.
Witness the heroic defensive effort against Ireland; the scintillating attacking blitz against Fiji; the blood and thunder physicality exhibited against the Springboks and Samoa.
Look at our players – led by the incomparable Sam Warburton, they are youthful, driven and humble, but with talent and passion in spades.
Off the pitch, the ambassadorial role they have played for Wales has been exemplary. They have charmed New Zealand with their singing, their enthusiasm, and their professionalism – and a code of behaviour that has contrasted so favourably with some of their northern hemisphere contemporaries.
I, and 59,999 others will be in the Millenium Stadium tomorrow morning….Enjoy.
Update – From Le Monde – tout un pays derrière les Diables rouges