Let's try to take some mystery out of the sporting year ahead

18:17, Dec 26 2012

It's interesting to ponder some of the headlines that may appear in 2013. Of course with some of them we just have our fingers crossed that they don't happen, but others would certainly make good reading even if they are unlikely.

"England fizzle and fail to win Six Nations Championship."

"Wales beat 14-man Scotland to avoid wooden spoon. Gatland to ponder All Blacks job."

"British and Irish Lions unlucky to lose series in Australia."

"Craig Clarke to sign for English club at completion of Super Rugby."

"Ali Williams gets in verbal stoush with media after Blues lose."


"Ryan Cocker comes from nowhere to fill No 3 jersey for Taranaki."

"All Blacks head in to New Plymouth test at 1-1 with France."

"Ageing All Blacks squad a concern for 2015."

"New Zealand Rugby Awards in 2013 for All Blacks only."

"Crusaders fail to make playoffs."

"Kane Barrett named Blues player of the year."

"Bruce Sutton to return to coaching."

"Changes at Sky Television result in cleanout. Stuart Barnes and Miles Harrison to join Justin Marshall."

"Federal Reserve Bailout for AIG - NZRU Concern."

"Quade Cooper considering a season in Taranaki."

"Losing coach laments the lack of depth in the squad." (Fill in any losing team here).

"Players' workload continues to concern - Players' Association call for fortnightly games."

"Hurricanes board member on selection panel."

"Sonny Bill Williams KO'd by shoulder charge."

"New Plymouth Marist win all three titles."

"Taranaki cricketers off to Queensland."

"Central Districts recruit two more Auckland B players to bolster side."

"Dean Robinson to open the batting for Wellington."

"Twenty20 games to be televised live on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights."

"Jacob Oram looking for coaching job in IPL."

"Hesson loses changing room."

"Black Caps surprisingly make final of Champions Trophy. Taylor best batsman at tournament."

"Daniel Vettori carrying injury."

"Taranaki earn right to challenge for Hawke Cup."

"Council make decision to enlarge Pukekura Park."

"Taylor retires from test cricket."

"Changes at the top in New Zealand Cricket."

I'm sure everyone has some of their own headlines they'd like to read.

All the best for 2013.

Ian Snook has coached professionally for the past 25 years in New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, England, Ireland, Japan and Italy.

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