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Who'd be a selector ?
June 01
, 2005 BartMan
The best job in the world, or the worst, being an All Black selector?
Certainly one of the hardest jobs I think - being a selector of any team, but more so the higher the level you select at.
Why so hard, just pick the players in form don't you?  That's what you hear from selectors all over, "well pick on form" and other clap trap - but we know that is bullshit...

LIONS NZ TOUR SCHEDULE

Date Game Venue Result
04 June Bay of Plenty Rotorua 0-0 
08 June Taranaki New Plymouth 0-0 
11 June NZ Maori Hamilton 0-0 
15 June Wellington Wellington 0-0 
18 June Otago Dunedin 0-0 
21 June Southland Invercargill 0-0 
25 June All Blacks Christchurch 0-0 
28 June Manawatu Palmerston North 0-0 
02 July All Blacks Wellington 0-0 
05 July Auckland Auckland 0-0 
09 July All Blacks Auckland 0-0 
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Too good, Crusaders
28
May, 2005 Smiley 94 Lee Grant
Yeah that was a pretty good game when it was lost. It was a bit like the Super12 final last year when the Brumbies had the game in the first 18 minutes. The only difference was: there was a lot more time for the losers to come back....
Some thoughts on the game in no particular order:
• The Crusaders were the worthy winners and deserve all the praise they will be getting over the other side of the pond...
Lions to rely on big 3
May 27
, 2005 BartMan
The wait is over at last
.  The invasion has begun, the Lions are here - two bus loads of players and fish heads, and two articulated truck loads of kit.
They have already dirtied their boots in action, with a revenue gathering exercise at Cardiff, drawing with an Argentinean 3rd XV, on the back of Johnny Wilkinson.  Not a pretty effort, but would have raised some funds to help pay for the 'hangers on' on tour....

Final approaches
May 28
, 2005 BartMan
With three hours to the 2005 Super 12 final, still not no 'gut feeling' to lead me to erroneous conclusions, I will let my gray matter do so instead, and to and reason my way to a winner...
So even less chance of getting it right than usual, but what the hell, gotta fill this time in somehow!
First up, with all these Warratah fan trying to claim the underdog status, you have it already!  You are playing away from home, you lost to the Crusaders in Sydney this year, and you have a long and glorious history of choking when push comes to shove.
This year though, you have delayed the choke, and have 80 more minutes to delay it to land a famous win.  While you have underdog status, it is not as vast a gap as some may seem to think - a lot of the Kiwi commentators, and a fair few of the punters on the TSF
forums seem to think that it is going to be an easy win for the seven times finalists, over the new boys on the block...

Blast from the past - this piece the result of some of the TSFers arguing against the Boers at Keo's website about the 'poaching' that goes on...
Poaching Kiwis strike again
July 13
, 2004:  from Smiley 173 Cal & Smiley 184 Beardie
Those bloody poaching Kiwis, raping the Islands again!!
The Pacific Islanders team that is playing the Tri-Nations sides, and is proving competitive and entertaining, has stirred a lot of interest around the rugby world. It’s encouraging to see how well they’ve played. With that interest the discussions have ranged far and wide about the future of this side and the problems and future of the PI rugby nations - Fiji, Tonga and Manu Samoa...

Trial Team thoughts
May 23
, 2005 BartMan
There we have it, an All Black trial, sans the regular playing Crusaders, Maori All Blacks, and Bay Steamers who are getting ready to take on the Lions.
Shows a few of the thought processes of the Henry Cartel though, and if you can read between the lines properly, who they already have selected for their All Blacks, and who they are looking at for the reserves bench...

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