Top 5 – Can the Wallabies bring back the Bledisloe after 12 years?
It’s been a long time since Australia got their hands on the Bledisloe Cup. They haven’t won since 2002. For reference, below is the Top 20 Gaining Queries in 2002. That was a long time ago.Las Ketchup were a thing.
Is the tide changing? We look at the Top 5 Reasons why it might be:
5: Something’s Gotta Give”This is getting boring”
The All Blacks: the first National Team since the game went professional to have a 100% win record in a calendar year. You could say the All Blacks have never been stronger. That’s why this is at number 5. It’s a weak argument but the run has to stop sometime, why not this weekend?
4: The World Is Catching Up
Something unheard of has been happening recently in rugby (Admittedly not to the All Blacks). New Zealand Rugby Teams have suffered a few rare losses. First the Commonwealth Games, the New Zealand 7s had appeared unbeatable since the code had been introduced to the Games. We saw hosts Scotland run them extremely close and then in the Final South Africa finally ended New Zealand’s awesome Commonwealth Games run in a spectacular fashion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7bszGtCtuA As well as that, only last week we saw the mighty World beating Black Ferns fall to a determined Irish side in the Women’s Rugby World Cup. This defeat led to New Zealand having its worst position in the tournament ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQUDf-Mza9E Again, although these losses don’t effect the All Blacks stellar record, could it be a sign that the rest of the world is catching up to the standard New Zealand has set in most codes of rugby?
3: The Gold Brigade
Never underestimate a home crowd and a passionate fan base. This is something that has been lacking for the Wallabies. Their fans have been described as ‘fair weather’, and the fact Rugby League reigns supreme in Australia has meant there has been a loss of interest in the national union team that doesn’t seem to bring home the silverware anymore. Luckily, there has been a movement to change that. The Gold Brigade are a new fan base that have booked 3,000 seats for the first match against New Zealand at ANZ Stadium. They aim to provide the players the energy they need to beat the best. Fox Sports, responsible for starting this movement, have been charting their progress in a series of documentary episodes ‘Call of the Wallaby’ which are all available free on YouTube. Can the fans help the Wallabies end their losing streak? http://youtu.be/FjrwOV3PWGc?list=UUaoTOpfjVfdm_XlYvwbVicQ
2: The Tahs Did it
New South Wales Waratahs have already brought some pride back to Australian Rugby Union after winning the Super Rugby Final. Importantly, many of the Tahs will be playing for the national side in the Rugby Championship with a new self-belief after beating Kieran Read and Richie McCaws Crusaders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEi078n6ahI