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    Well the terrifying 22 were unleashed on the Super 14 from camp Henry today. 'Watched the Crusaders v Stormers this morning and was a little disappionted to be honest. No biceps/ thighs bursting out of their kits anyway. To be honest the player that looks to have put on most muscle/ weightcompared to last season is the wing Hamilton, who wasn't at the camp.Carter showed his class with some nice chips andMccaw showed his power over referees by contesting for ball at the breakdown for as long as he wanted.Gear was class again. Stormers looked as bad as the borders... Only watched a bit of Chiefs v Reds but Sivivatu didn't seem to be covering himself in glory from what i saw.


    Ona related topic, though their team may be the best surely NZ supporters are the worst in world rugby. Crusaders are an awesome team playing awesome rugby but their home games are like funerals!

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    Agree 100%, nothing that anyone needs to be very worried about. Gear is looking incredible and he wasn't even at the camp. I must say though the refereeing of the breakdown is a disgrace. It's shocking what people get away with.


    Originally posted by Sin a bhfuil

    Ona related topic, though their team may be the best surely NZ supporters are the worst in world rugby. Crusaders are an awesome team playing awesome rugby but their home games are like funerals!
    Big time, all rugby grounds down there are like that. They aren't exactly intimidating or anything.
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      #3
      All Black Mils Muliaina has described his recent metatarsal set-back as 'an injury waiting to happen'.<div id="storyfullparagraph">

      Muliaina
      was the first All Black to be injured after the squad's return from a
      well-publicised reconditioning break, with the 26-year-old suffering a
      metatarsal fracture in a practice match last week.

      But x-rays
      have revealed that the Chiefs utility back already had a fracture in
      his foot and Muliaina has explained that he is grateful the injury
      happened when it did, and not closer to the World Cup.

      "The surgeon told me it was always going to happen," Muliaina told the New Zealand Herald.

      "I'm
      gutted, as I was really looking forward to playing. But if it happened
      further down the line it would have been devastating.

      "In saying that, I'd probably rather have had it break earlier so I could be back playing right now."

      Muliaina
      was one of 22 All Blacks held back from playing while they completed a
      rigorous conditioning programme ahead of the World Cup later this year.

      He
      has been told the injury could take eight weeks to heal but he is
      optimistic he will be back for the Chiefs Super 14 clash with the
      Crusaders on May 4.

      "I'm sick of watching, to be honest,"
      Muliaina added. "Another few weeks will be frustrating. I'll just have
      to work hard and not eat so many biscuits."</div>

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        #4
        <h2>Mils increases Foster's injury headache</h2>


        All Blacks fullback Mils Muliaina is expected
        to be sidelined from rugby for at least six weeks, regardless of whether
        he undergoes surgery, his Super 14 coach said today.




        Chiefs coach Ian Foster has suffered some unkind blows this season,
        with his backline decimated by an array of injuries.



        The situation deteriorated further with Muliaina's fractured left
        foot in yesterday's warm-up match for the Chiefs' development 15,
        sending another crack through the Chiefs squad.



        Foster told NZPA the world-class Muliaina would have been a certainty
        to start next week against the Queensland Reds following his reconditioning
        program with the All Blacks, but was now resigned to losing him for
        the season.



        Muliaina was being assessed by a specialist in Auckland today to determine
        if surgery was required, but despite whether a pin's inserted into
        the fractured metatarsal - the bone that connects the toe to the
        ankle - Foster said he would be out for at least six weeks.



        "Regardless of whether he has surgery or not, it doesn't change the
        duration of the rehabilitation," Foster said.



        "It does change the aggressiveness which you can rehab him, but whether
        they operate, it's going to be a minimum of four weeks, a maximum
        of eight, but a likelihood of six (weeks)."



        The veteran of 47 test said the injury occurred when he went to change
        direction. The same match also saw fellow All Black Joe Rokocoko limp
        off the field with a rolled ankle.



        In some positive news for Foster, All Blacks halfback Byron Kelleher
        and wing Sitiveni Sivivatu came through the match unscathed and should
        be available next week, but Muliaina's injury still deprived him of
        some much-needed firepower.



        "Of course it's a big blow. He's the world's best fullback and can
        easily slot into the midfield, and with our injury toll, there's no
        question I would have played him in next week's game."


        Kelleher said the match, won by the Blues 15 28-12 and played in at times heavy rain, provided him with a good workout.


        "It was perfect conditions for a halfback – messy around the rucks," he said.

        "It
        was wet, so it was going to test any halfback. That's exactly what I
        needed to get back into the routine of playing rugby again."

        Kelleher admitted that he found the first 20 minutes or so tough on the lungs.


        "That was expected and it was great to get into some rugby finally."

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          #5


          Originally posted by daveirl
          Agree 100%, nothing that anyone needs to be very worried about.

          What, you thinkpeoplewere actually worried that the allblacks were going to come back unstoppable monsters after a few months resting/recovering/reconditioning?


          If the likes of Carter or McCaw were any more muscular, they wouldn't be able to function properly as rugby players.


          The last thing the allblacks want are mike tindall's in their team...



          Originally posted by Sin a bhfuil


          Ona related topic, though their team may be the best surely NZ supporters are the worst in world rugby. Crusaders are an awesome team playing awesome rugby but their home games are like funerals!


          Just out of curiosity, have you ever been to a crusaders home game when they've been winning? or are you just going off tv coverage?


          The 2005 lions team's opinion seemed to differgreatlyfrom yours (at jade stadium in particular).


          All in all most Allblacks returned well. Gear has had a very poor season so far, almost played himself out of an AB jersey. Seems to have upped his game a bit now though.

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            #6
            There was footage of Byron Kelleher with his top off on rugby club last week. He is absolutely massive. Its very hard to believe its all natural TBH. If thats what the scrum halves are like...
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              #7


              Originally posted by sewa
              There was footage of Byron Kelleher with his top off on rugby club last week. He is absolutely massive. Its very hard to believe its all natural TBH. If thats what the scrum halves are like...

              Saw him on super14 last weekend,he certainly didnt look like your typical scrum 1/2
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                #8
                Originally posted by NONU


                Originally posted by daveirl
                Agree 100%, nothing that anyone needs to be very worried about.

                What, you thinkpeoplewere actually worried that the allblacks were going to come back unstoppable monsters after a few months resting/recovering/reconditioning?


                If the likes of Carter or McCaw were any more muscular, they wouldn't be able to function properly as rugby players.


                The last thing the allblacks want are mike tindall's in their team...


                Agree but I think we were referring to some scare-mongering in the NZ press regarding the weight that some players were putting on... and as the lads said Kelleher looks massive.



                Originally posted by Sin a bhfuil


                Ona related topic, though their team may be the best surely NZ supporters are the worst in world rugby. Crusaders are an awesome team playing awesome rugby but their home games are like funerals!


                Just out of curiosity, have you ever been to a crusaders home game when they've been winning? or are you just going off tv coverage?


                No I've never been to a crusaders game but there is no singing/ chanting, colour only cringey franchise entertainment - US-style cheer-leaders and of course horses...


                The 2005 lions team's opinion seemed to differgreatlyfrom yours (at jade stadium in particular).


                All in all most Allblacks returned well. Gear has had a very poor season so far, almost played himself out of an AB jersey. Seems to have upped his game a bit now though.

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                  #9
                  In some countries, singing, lighting flares etc seems to be the thing to do to 'support' your team

                  I personally go to a game to watch the spectacle, not join a mass choir, or firework display.

                  I think the age difference of spectators is huge between NZ games and the NH.

                  When the camera pans around the NZ grounds, there are kids everywhere. Its almost a family thing to go to the game, not just drunk balding men singing terribly holding scarfs with their favourite team embroided on then.

                  In the NH I think the youngest person in the crowd i've seen is 60 (ok, more likely 20...). I barley ever see children at games! No wonder the depth in some of these countries is so thin...



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                    #10


                    Originally posted by NONU
                    In some countries, singing, lighting flares etc seems to be the thing to do to 'support' your team

                    I personally go to a game to watch the spectacle, not join a mass choir, or firework display.

                    I think the age difference of spectators is huge between NZ games and the NH.

                    When the camera pans around the NZ grounds, there are kids everywhere. Its almost a family thing to go to the game, not just drunk balding men singing terribly holding scarfs with their favourite team embroided on then.

                    In the NH I think the youngest person in the crowd i've seen is 60 (ok, more likely 20...). I barley ever see children at games! No wonder the depth in some of these countries is so thin...


                    Ah for gods sake have you ever looked at Thomond Park, the place is littered with children. Come on will you and open your eyes, I don't know about you I'm 17 go to every match I can my father began to take me at the age of 6, now I'm bringing my little brother.
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                      #11
                      I'm going off tv footage. As are the people above making assumptions about NZ games...

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                        #12


                        Originally posted by NONU
                        not just drunk balding men singing terribly holding scarfs with their favourite team embroided on then.


                        I didn't know Dermot G owned a scarf[img]smileys/biggrin.gif[/img]

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                          #13
                          He's back[img]smileys/sad.gif[/img]
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                            #14


                            Originally posted by NONU


                            I personally go to a game to watch the spectacle, not join a mass choir, or firework display.


                            Well said mate. I concur absolutely.


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                              Yup lets just not see the forward passes (call them flat) as long as the game continue. Lets just dump the rules of Rugby Union to ensure people can enjoy the spectacle[img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]
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