OPINION: Marty McKenzie's selection at first-five eighth might herald a newcomer of the highest quality for Taranaki.
OPINION: You can calibrate his height, but it's surely impossible to measure just how big a man the Springboks legendary lock is.
OPINION: ABs march on undefeated but South Africa demonstrated they are big-time World Cup threats.
OPINION: There is little more that can be said of Richie McCaw that has not already been printed, broadcast or televised.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: The South African Rugby Union's philosophy should be to develop players of all colours, writes Jeff Wilson.
IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily NewsOPINION: With Beauden Barrett not selected to start in the test match against South Africa, perhaps his mind could wander off.
ANDREW MEHRTENS - StuffOPINION: Why does rugby have the worst standard of international refereeing?
RICHARD KNOWLER - StuffOPINION: Horrible calls confirm standard of international refereeing is in freefall.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: As the gap between Super Rugby and our provincial comp widens, crowds are dwindling, yet it remains a very valuable pathway.
PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: Why does New Zealand rugby continue to defy the odds and remain the world benchmark for success.
RICHARD KNOWLER - StuffOPINION: Steve Hansen got his slingshot, imagined Charlie Faumuina had a bull's eye on his forehead and fired a rock just below the hairline.
ANDREW MEHRTENS - StuffOPINION: It's early days but I know which guy I would be on to make a better fist of the role at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
TOBY ROBSON IN NAPIER - StuffOPINION: Star utility is a better wing, while Israel Dagg deserves the nod at fullback for All Blacks.
MARK REASON - StuffOPINION: If ever replacement rule made a mockery of the game, the second Pumas-Springboks test was it.
PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: If the All Blacks and their coaches haven't shut up their critics by now, you wonder what will it take.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: After Richie McCaw's display at Eden Park against the Wallabies, surely his critics will have learned to zip it.
TAINE RANDELL - Sunday NewsOPINION: While Sonny Bill Williams is a talented athlete, Ma'a Nonu remains New Zealand's best option at second-five.
JACOB PAGE - The Timaru HeraldOPINION: The NPC competition may be losing some of its glory but the competition is still serving its main purpose of blooding players.
OPINION: Optimisim for the Wallabies might be forlorn as depth and talent ought to push ABs to WC glory in 2015.
SCOTT EADE - The Southland TimesOPINION: 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.
IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily NewsOPINION: Just when it seems like the Wallabies are closing the gap, the All Blacks produce a performance from another planet.
MARK REASON - StuffOPINION: What a complete joy it was to watch the All Blacks pass the ball as only they can.
ANDREW MEHRTENS - StuffOPINION: How wrong was I when I predicted the Wallabies would be an even bigger threat in Bledisloe II?
RICHARD KNOWLER - The PressOPINION: No conspiracy here, guys. Move on, move on; can't you see we are trying to retain the Webb Ellis Cup.
TOBY ROBSON - The Dominion PostOPINION: SBW's special exemption for the All Blacks end of year tour was a smart and pragmatic play by Steve Hansen.
MARK REASON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: As a nation, are we so in awe of the great All Blacks captain that we cannot mention the unmentionable?
OPINION PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: Memory is a powerful drug and during the week mine got hooked on one of the great All Blacks teams.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: The more things change with our old mates across the Tasman, the more they stay the same with our rivals in the republic.
TOBY ROBSON - The Dominion PostOPINION: 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.
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.
IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily NewsOPINION: Before the latest Bledisloe Cup test the stats suggested only one team could win.
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - StuffOPINION: Late heroics becoming an alarming trend for ABs, who instead should be dominating up front early.
MARK REASON - StuffOPINION: First test exposed All Blacks' lack of new ideas, so what's coach Steve Hansen got to do?
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - StuffOPINION: Coles deserved to stay on - playing the rugby of his life - but no, he's off in the 52nd. It's time for interchange.
ANDREW MEHRTENS - StuffOPINION: Andrew Mehrtens sees the Wallabies as an even bigger threat this weekend at Eden Park.
MATT BURKE - Sunday NewsOPINION: Next weekend the Wallabies will attempt to scale rugby's Mt Everest by playing the All Blacks at Eden Park.
TAINE RANDELL - Sunday NewsOPINION: It's time for rugby's decision-makers to reduce the value of dropped goals to one point.
IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily NewsOPINION: All Blacks fans can rest easy - they're about to add a further record to their long list of accomplishments.
MARK REASON - StuffOPINION: Saturday's Bledisloe Cup match against Australia is not all about the world record winning streak.
ANDREW MEHRTENS - StuffOPINION: This week's Bledisloe opener in Sydney looks like a test match Ma'a Nonu can leave his imprint all over.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: This is the most anticipated Bledisloe Cup test in recent memory because the Wallabies can challenge NZ.
DAVID LONG - Sunday NewsOPINION: I'll still watch most of the national provincial championship each week, but I fear that I'm in the minority.
TAINE RANDELL - Sunday NewsOPINION: It's almost poetic that the All Blacks must get past the Wallabies to claim a world record, says Taine Randell.
MATT BURKE - Sun-HeraldThe time for hoping and wishing is over. This is the year the Wallabies can win back the Bledisloe Cup.
TONY SMITH - The PressOPINION: Perhaps the Canterbury Rugby Union could set aside a section of AMI Stadium for Christchurch red-zone residents.
JACOB PAGE - The Timaru HeraldOPINION: Having watched the 2014 Super Rugby final multiple times, it's worth pondering if coaches always make the right calls.
IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily NewsOPINION: A top four spot along with Canterbury, Wellington and Auckland would determine a really successful season for Taranaki.
MARK REASON - StuffOPINION: Sometimes failure can be more glorious than success. Sometimes defeat can be more glorious than victory.
MARC HINTON - StuffOPINION: Dan Carter has all the will in the world to play in his fourth World Cup; but a body that is betraying him seemingly at every turn.
RICHARD KNOWLER - The PressOPINION: With so many leaving the franchise, nothing will remain the same for the Crusaders' squad of 2014.
What would you rate as a fair price for a mediocre seat at the Rugby World Cup final next year?