Archive for March, 2011

S.A vs NZ Maori team – Your thoughts?

By admin · March 16, 2011 · Filed in Lions Rugby Team · 8 Comments »

Red-tape threatens to stand in the way of the New Zealand Maori side making an historic tour of South Africa.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said earlier this week he wanted his side to face the Maori team in the lead-up to this year’s tour of South Africa by the British Lions.

The match had been pencilled in for Soweto.

However, SA Rugby has issued a statement saying that while discussions had begun over the possible New Zealand Maori/Springbok clash, significant work behind the scenes still had to be done.

That included working around a political stand to not allow the Boks to play against racially-selected teams.

Ironically, race is one of the selection criteria for the World Cup-winning Boks, with an accepted number of non-white players having to be named in each squad.

SA Rugby would like to advise media on the background to speculation that a match is being arranged against the New Zealand Maori, the statement read.

We can confirm that the New Zealand Rugby Union has inquired if there was an opportunity for the Maori team to appear in South Africa.

SA Rugby is examining the possibility but no decision has been taken on whether the offer will be accepted and there are several obstacles to overcome should we wish to pursue the offer.

They include the financial viability of the project, logistics around venues and player availability and the fundamental stumbling block of a long-established President’s Council resolution forbidding the appearance of SARU teams against opponents selected along racial lines.

A final decision is not expected until the end of March.

The match would give New Zealand Maori a reprieve for this season.

The side looked set to be sidelined for 2009 after the NZRU cut them from its calendar as part of its cost-cutting moves.

de Villiers then revealed that the South African Rugby Union was in negotiations to bring the Maori side to South Africa to play the Springboks in June.

The match would be the Boks’ final warm-up match before the three-test series against the touring British Lions begins on June 20.

SARU has already confirmed a warm-up match against Namibia.

We are playing them (Namibia) on May 29, de Villiers told Rapport.

The game in Soweto is, however, subject to certain conditions and has not been finalised, but I hope it will happen.

It will help me a great deal for my preparation. We can’t take on the Lions without warm-up games.

New Zealand Maori won last year’s Pacific Nations Cup.

They had previously taken part in the Churchill Cup, normally played in North America.

C’mon, people, you are being way too serious (and *way* too political) about this. NZ Maori is a mechanism to allow some more of the lads a chance to play very high-quality, representative rugby, thereby upgrading their experience, keeping them in the eye of the selectors, and generally improving competetive rugby overall in NZ. And high-quality rugby it is: they beat B&I Lions during the last tour, and regularly win the Churchill Cup in North America against the A sides from ENG, IRE, SCO and the national teams for Canada and USA. They would be a very good hit-out for the Boks, and provide high-quality, entertaining rugby for the RSA fans.

It also honors a long tradition of contribution of the Maori people to rugby in NZ; call it a cultural thing. But don’t get too hung up on the racial aspect – the qualifications are pretty loose: if I remember correctly, Christian Cullen – now there’s a old, traditional Maori name – lined up with them once or twice.

If you can round up a Kiwi with no Maori background, he’s still got proportionally more high-level rugby union available to him (ABs, Junior ABs, Super-14, and ANZ Cup provincial) than any other population on Earth. That’s not a racial situation that needs protecting in order to redress historical mistreatment or to calm our politically-correct nerves.

I’d like to see NZ Maori (now that they have lost NZRFU funding) operate a bit like the Barbarians – become a barn-storming, all-star team that everyone wants to play against. Maybe they modify the Barbaraian tradition (of one uncapped player), and select one non-Maori.

And then let’s all go out and and have some fun playing rugby.

Mark L.

While on a safari tour, a lion roared, and you broke into a run?

By admin · March 10, 2011 · Filed in Lions Tour · 3 Comments »

While on a safari tour, a lion roared, and you broke into a run. Which of the following explains your response to the situation?

The sudden presence of the lion made you unable to recall the tour guide’s instructions to stay in the vehicle.

The sudden movement of the lion caused your parasympathetic nervous system to respond.

The sudden appearance of the lion sent information to your brain that you were in danger, and your brain told your muscles to move.

The sudden noise from the lion sent you into shock, and your body reacted irrationally in response to distress.

Human Being Sociology verses Zoolology=pure fear:for the lion or Lyon is one mean meat eater at His heart O hearts.

2 questions for all rugby union fans?

By admin · March 7, 2011 · Filed in Lions Rugby Team · 1 Comment »

firstly which do you think is the toughest competion the 6 nations or the tri-nations, ans how do you think the 6 nations teams would do in the tri-nations tournament and vice versa, and also how do you think a British Isles team would do in the world cup if they played together regularly instead of once every 4 years in the Lions Tours. Personally I dont think the 6 nations teams would be succesful against the tri-nations, although i think England and France would hold there own with maybe a 50 percent win rate home and away against the big 3 down under. On the flip side I think NZ could possibly win a 6 nations tournament with Aus and SA coming close. On the other point I think that a combined GB side would take over from NZ as the worlds most feared side and would undoubtadely be a semifinalist/finalist/winner in every tournament, and for all southern hemisphere fans how do you feel about Argentina joining the tri-nations. Tell me what you think and where you are from. Im from England

The Tri-nations is defs more tougher then the Six nation but atm i reckon England might trouble some of the Tri nation teams and France. i dont think any of the european teams would win a Six nation tournament again if the Tri Nation teams played in that comp lol.

If the British isle trained for ages and then entered the world cup then they would def be one of the favourites coming close to winning it or winning it. and yea if they played as GB for good they would be a fearfull side with alot of stars in that team but that would be abit unfair ahah cause they would be the new All Blacks haha .

I reckon its good that Argentina is entering the tournament it will help them develop as a rugby nation although im affraid they might not win much games for awhile with them up against 3 powerhouses.

Im from Australia but am a true supporter for the Auckland blues and All Blacks.

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By admin · March 5, 2011 · Filed in Lions Rugby · 6 Comments »


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