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Could the All Blacks kill rugby?

JOE JULIAN
Last updated 05:00 19/09/2012
Richie McCaw
DAVID HALLETT/Fairfax NZ
IN FINE FORM: Richie McCaw on the burst against the Springboks.

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Thank god for Argentina. They are, aside from Sonny Bill Williams, albeit briefly, the only thing bringing interest to the reformatted Tri Nations.

I seriously hope the Springboks can put on a lot better show than to date.

And how sad are the Wallabies? Even when large parts of the first test's second half was a five-point game no-one actually thought they had a snowball's chance.

The bad/good news is that, as All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says, they aren't just playing well they are actually also controlling their games.

If South Africa can't front up it is going to make the championship look ridiculous.

Sanzar are fortunate to have a contract in place for the next few years, because I can't see pay-TV companies lining up for the present product.

South Africa and Australia dropping to northern hemisphere standards will severely damage the game here.

There will have to be some competitiveness or the ABs will look for something else, and so will the public.

Argentina, while they will improve, are never going to be decent opposition for the All Blacks in the next few years.

Maybe we will have to disband the All Blacks and limit them to Barbarian-style invitation matches?

New Zealand could enter two rugby teams into the international game: the North and South.

I remember as a kid the "patriotism" I felt while watching my often beaten South Island team vs the always favourites, North.

New Zealand dominance doesn't just threaten world rugby. It threatens rugby here too. Any ideas?


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