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  1. long standing leadership team is also a trend. Not a captain thats just been thrown in the deep end. Eales, Johnson, Matfield, Richie, Richie. In contrast the Wallabies (for an extreme example have gone through an insane number of captains (and leadership teams) since eales left. (Mortlock, Gregan, Mowen, Pocock, Hooper, Big Kev, Sharpe… just to name a few). This may also go in tandem with coaches.

  2. Hi Steve, Gareth, thanks again for the video, fascinating stuff. One little bit of trivia, every winner of the world cup has topped their group in the pool stages. Many teams have progressed into the semi finals when they've been second in the group but none have gone on to win it…. looking at this, a team really needs to be at the top of their game and able to top the group to be able to go on and win it…. looking at the history so far anyway.

  3. As a minimum a world class performance player has to have 8 or 9 out of 10 for every test match played against any opposition team in the world. Where he is unanimously and consistently selected to play from the start of every game over 4 years for at least 60 minutes of the full 80 minutes game time and make at least 6 to 8 individual contributions to the overall, victory statistics of winning at least 9 out of every 10 matches by placing himself or other team players in converted, scoring opportunities. The next Rugby World Cup champions will undoubtedly be the national team that retains the highest number of world class performing players in their playing squad of 23 within a pool of 46 first choice and second choice squads; based on a 5 year development period of players that overlap the previous World Cup and lead up to the next World Cup competition.

  4. also you need to score 4 or more tries to win especially if your playing the all blacks in a quarter final /semi. Talk about world cass players, i have never seen kaino have a bad game same as McCaw , carter had the high level ability but he didnt always play at his peak like McCaw did but in the big matches carter nailed it . Retallick is like McCaw now every game hes the best player on the field or near to it and never stops working.

  5. that aussie team was super impressive for me and it still took nearly 5 years rod mcqueen was excellent and really knew his stuff, but he had the 'cattle' .The 99' team were the biggest side at that world cup biggest and heaviest forwards and fast backs experienced alround excluding ben tune but tim horan got best player at the WC which he deserved(probably the best 12 in history)meanwhile south africa chose a light forward pack but a 10 man rugby style that didnt work. new zealand similar but they had blackadder who was a 6 playing at lock with a skinny light guy in Norm Maxwell who was only 100kg or just over. we struggled for locks back then, not now obviously

  6. I enjoyed hearing the stats, very interesting. If the Wallabies can show true grit in their next match and do relatively well in the EOYTs then I believe we could be on course for another good RWC 2019 run. No matter what others may say Australia has made four world cup finals and were highly under estimated in the last RWC 2015. Our forwards are improving but need to keep doing so. Consistency is a problem for us but the Wallabies have had an emphasis on developing skills so hopefully this will help. The return of Pocock is always immense for the team, what a player! The simple formula needs to be hard work, increasing fitness, attention to detail and executing the basics properly. We have the attacking running rugby on lock, itโ€™s the Aussie way. I think there will be at least four other teams potentially peaking for 2019 along side us, so should be a very tough but great tournament to watch.

  7. I think ye should do a vid analysing each team in the World Cup.analysisinp there problems and things they do right and call the the playlist road to rugby World Cup

  8. Great show guys. Got me thinking, which of the current Bok players experienced the semi-final loss to NZ in 2015. Here they are:

    13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 10 Handre Pollard, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe , 1 Tendai Mtawarira

    Substitutes: 17 Trevor Nyakane, 22 Pat Lambie , 23 Jan Serfontein

    Add to the list some that may yet get a call from Alister 14 JP Pietersen 8 Duane Vermeulen.

    I remember that moment after the game when Sonny Bill Williams was trying to console a broken Jesse Kriel…. I am sure there is enough "hurt" there… and I would not bet against most of these players forming the core of the team come 2019.

    Ps Malherbe and Lambie missed out on Rugby championship but have been part of the setup thus far. I hope Lambie can recover from his concussion wows but as far as tight-heads go I believe Malherbe may just make the world class list by the time his career is done. Watch the space ๐Ÿ™‚

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