Opinion

Right call is tough on Slade

Colin Slade

OPINION: You've got to feel for Colin Slade. Two days after he wins an All Blacks test with a top kick, he's dropped.

Carter still Hansen's go-to guy

Dan Carter

OPINION: Injury-prone Dan Carter is clearly a protected species in these All Blacks - and with pretty good reason. | Slade bows out for Carter

Cruden act worse than let on?

Aaron Cruden

OPINION: AB's ommission from test suggests his continued exile may be more serious than first thought.

Impact reaches dizzy heights

Kieran Read

MARK REASON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: The phrase "plagued by injuries" is close to a cliché, so commonplace has it become, but never has it been more true.

Houdini All Blacks find way out

Colin Slade

LIAM NAPIER - Stuff

OPINION: Put the All Blacks in the tightest of boxes and they will find a way to pull off a Houdini act.

Who'd be a head coach?

Richard Cockerill

OPINION: Ewen McKenzie is not the only coach in world rugby doing it tough right now, writes Ian Snook.

Chance to add to Wallabies woe

Ewen McKenzie

RICHARD KNOWLER - Stuff

OPINION: All Blacks must be glancing at each other in disbelief. Their priority? Add to Ewen McKenzie's misery.

Dealing with a problem child

Kurtley Beale

MARK REASON - Stuff

OPINION: Kurtley Beale would do better with a school teacher as his coach, says Mark Reason.

Semi shapes as battle of bros

Codie Taylor

FRED WOODCOCK AND TONY SMITH - The Press

OPINION: A lighthearted look at Saturday's NPC semifinal which looms as the biggest and best local derby in the rugby world.

Beale should be punished

Kurtley Beale

OPINION: Sports involving balls and men in Australia seem to be particularly dogged by sexist incidents.

Be wary of wounded Wallabies

Kurtley Beale

ANDREW MEHRTENS - Stuff

OPINION: The Wallabies could react either way to the Kurtley Beale circus this weekend, says Andrew Mehrtens.

No progression since Deans

Robbie Deans

MATT BURKE - Sun-Herald

OPINION: Are the Wallabies in a better place now than they were 15 months ago under Robbie Deans? No.

Wallabies' belief shot to bits

Ewen McKenzie

JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: Ewen McKenzie's problem was it wasn't his team that won a title, it was Michael Cheika's, writes Jeff Wilson.

Show the Wobbly-bies no mercy

Israel Folau

TAINE RANDELL - Sunday News

OPINION: The All Blacks need to take advantage of the state of disarray the Wallabies are in as they head to Brisbane.

Rugby must lure gamers

Jonah Lomu

BEN STRANG - Waikato Times

OPINION: Jonah Lomu Rugby was the sort of game you could spend hours playing, but there's not been a good game since.

ABs still the world's best

Richie McCaw

MARK REASON - Stuff

OPINION: The All Blacks are still top dog, but the gap is closing a year out from the Rugby World Cup.

Loss will aid All Blacks

Richie McCaw and Kieran Read

ANDREW MEHRTENS - The Dominion Post

OPINION: After a defeat you inspect every tiny detail of what happened and then go over it again for good measure.

Pressure coming on Nonu

Malakai Fekitoa

MARK REASON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: Watching 22-year-old Malakai Fekitoa play No 12 lagainst Argentina was a glimpse of the possible, a glimpse of an exciting future.

Our RWC secret weapon?

Beauden Barrett

JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: Dare I say it, Beauden Barrett has done such a good job he could be our best option in the vital jersey.

Bred from modest stock

Richie McCaw

PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: Richie McCaw and Colin Meads are more similar than many realise. Let us now play tribute to two amazing athletes.

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