Opinion

Tough for smaller nations

Pumas

OPINION: If ever replacement rule made a mockery of the game, the second Pumas-Springboks test was it.

ABs' aura gone? Yeah, right

All Blacks

PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: If the All Blacks and their coaches haven't shut up their critics by now, you wonder what will it take.

McCaw shows he's still got it

Richie McCaw

JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: After Richie McCaw's display at Eden Park against the Wallabies, surely his critics will have learned to zip it.

Nonu is still the first-choice No 12

Ma'a Nonu

TAINE RANDELL - Sunday News

OPINION: While Sonny Bill Williams is a talented athlete, Ma'a Nonu remains New Zealand's best option at second-five.

NPC serves its purpose

JACOB PAGE - The Timaru Herald

OPINION: The NPC competition may be losing some of its glory but the competition is still serving its main purpose of blooding players.

Only catering can stop ABs

All Blacks 1995

OPINION: Optimisim for the Wallabies might be forlorn as depth and talent ought to push ABs to WC glory in 2015.

'Ugly' win still a win

Scott Eade

SCOTT EADE - The Southland Times

OPINION: Despite the nail-biting finish many had to endure watching last week's match, the team was more than happy to come away with four points.

ABs fear of losing

All Blacks

IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily News

OPINION: Just when it seems like the Wallabies are closing the gap, the All Blacks produce a performance from another planet.

Sublime, bad and ugly

Aaron Cruden

MARK REASON - Stuff

OPINION: What a complete joy it was to watch the All Blacks pass the ball as only they can.

Smoothing path the smart play

Sonny Bill Williams

TOBY ROBSON - The Dominion Post

OPINION: SBW's special exemption for the All Blacks end of year tour was a smart and pragmatic play by Steve Hansen.

Time to talk dollars and spin

Sonny Bill Williams

RICHARD KNOWLER - The Press

OPINION: No conspiracy here, guys. Move on, move on; can't you see we are trying to retain the Webb Ellis Cup.

All Blacks were simply ruthless

Brodie Retallick

ANDREW MEHRTENS - Stuff

OPINION: How wrong was I when I predicted the Wallabies would be an even bigger threat in Bledisloe II?

Heroes worth worshipping

Wilson Whineray

OPINION PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: Memory is a powerful drug and during the week mine got hooked on one of the great All Blacks teams.

Boks need a winning formula - fast

Schalk Burger

JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: The more things change with our old mates across the Tasman, the more they stay the same with our rivals in the republic.

Reason: Heretics question McCaw

Richie McCaw

MARK REASON - Sunday Star Times

OPINION: As a nation, are we so in awe of the great All Blacks captain that we cannot mention the unmentionable?

A bit more arrogance

Steve Hansen

OPINION: It's often a dirty word when it comes to the ABs, but it's a quality they need to re-impose on the Wallabies.

Rugby must front up on refs

Jaco Peyper

IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily News

OPINION: Before the latest Bledisloe Cup test the stats suggested only one team could win.

Stags on a winning track

Scott Eade

OPINION: Hopefully what you saw last Friday was a snippet of what we are trying to achieve when we have the ball in hand this season.

Time for ABs to break shackles

Dane Coles, All Blacks

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - Stuff

OPINION: Late heroics becoming an alarming trend for ABs, who instead should be dominating up front early.

Reason: ABs need new tricks

Steve Hansen

MARK REASON - Stuff

OPINION: First test exposed All Blacks' lack of new ideas, so what's coach Steve Hansen got to do?

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