It's interesting the style of rugby arguments. Ignoring some of the anger in this thread (plenty by me, and many by people who like the "nah nah nah, I can't hear you approach") I do think it's an interesting point regarding style of plays. My thoughts are this - From what I've seen from the development of rugby in South Africa at youth level, there is and has always been a very big emphasis on size. Loose forwards are often judged on just how big they are and how hard they run, that some of the more subtle skills such as link play, fetching and handling prowess. As someone myself who is around 112kg at the moment and loves playing #8, I can totally sympathize with this approach. However it's not an approach that New Zealanders have been able to afford, simply because any white looseforward in the All Blacks has probably come up against a very, very big Polynesian loose forward who was 10-20kgs heavier at age grade level, so in order to be competitive, loosefowards often have to be very fast, skillful and fit. If you look at the looseforwards in New Zealand who play 7's this is just how fit they have to be. I think this really effects the backs, and I don't buy that South Africa doesn't have the potential to have a lathel back three. Heck, there's a South African with no legs running quicker than any New Zealander ever has. It's all about choosing to play to a style, and there is no doubt that South Africa's approach of big forwards and lots of kicks does work. With that in mind, you have players like Gio Aplon who would probably make the All Blacks back three, being left out because having a creative attacker who gets isolated because of a slow forward pack, is not beneficial. Either way, I can't see a new approach being adopted by the Boks in the next World Cup, and if they win it, probably ever.