All Blacks already rolling out excuses after star player pulverised
The All Blacks are probably embarrassed after best player banged up like a sausage against Fiji. Starman David Havili gets smashed by some solid Fijian defence, as this clip shows.
The All Blacks With a history extending back more than a century, New Zealand’s national rugby team, the All Blacks, is not only the most successful international rugby team of all time but also one of the most successful teams in world sport, with a winning Test record of more than 75 percent.
The All Blacks play European opponents every year in the Steinlager Series and again at the end of the year, and play Argentina, Australia and South Africa annually in the Investec Rugby Championship. In 2015 the All Blacks became the first team to win back-to-back Rugby World Cups, following their victory in 2011, and the first team to win three RWCs, with the All Blacks winning the inaugural Tournament in 1987. In 2013 they became the first international team in the professional era to go through the season unbeaten. The team has been named the World Rugby Team of the Year a record nine times and was named Laureus Team of the Year in 2016.
New laws designed to protect tacklers and jacklers, the 50:22 kicking law and the goal-line dropout will be used during the 2021 Bunnings Warehouse NPC, Farah Palmer Cup (FPC) and Heartland Championship as part of a World Rugby Global Law Trial.
In addition to the World Rugby trial, all three domestic competitions will also feature the Red Card Replacement and Golden Point laws introduced by New Zealand Rugby (NZR) during Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa.
New Zealand’s top female players will be among the first in the world to trial the new World Rugby safety laws when the Farah Palmer Cup presented by Bunnings Warehouse kicks off this weekend.
“These laws will be coming in at all levels of the game globally from 1 August, so we are fortunate that our FPC players will be among the first in the world to start getting used to what could quickly become the norm at all levels. The objective of a number of these laws is to make the game safer for players,” NZR Head of High Performance Mike Anthony said.
World Rugby’s safety law trials include the banning of the “flying wedge” tactic of more than two players binding together with the ball carrier, and a crackdown on the way attacking players remove, or clean out, the jackler – a term for a defensive player trying to steal the ball from a tackled player – at the breakdown.
One attacking player will still be allowed to bind with, or ‘latch’ onto, the ball carrier, prior to contact, but that ‘latched’ player will be required to stay on their feet.
“At the breakdown, attacking players who clean out the jackler by targeting their lower limbs or drop their weight onto them will be penalised with the aim of reducing the injury risk to any defending players being cleaned out,” Anthony said.
The 50:22 law is when a kick made by the team in possessions half lands in the field of play and proceeds to go out inside the opposition 22, the team who originally kicked is rewarded with a line out.