Who are You?I also want to add to the Ripper bashing on this forum. You are a young little upstart arent you! i dont agree with a lot of the things that people are saying about the all blacks (my last post) but it could do u a lot of good to listen to others points about the strengths of other teams. and your argument of AB's not being favourites going into every single world cup is poor. you are young though, and reading info on the internet and actually being around when it happened are two completely different things. They have choked in every world cup since 87, to the pleasure of anyone who isnt a Kiwi!
So you saying that we were favourites in 1995? You know, the World Cup where we came in with series losses to the Aussies and French, lost to the English the last time we played them, as well as "luckily" scraping past the Lions and Laurie Mains 50% record? I don't really define choking as entering the Tournament ranked 5th or 6th and losing on a drop goal to the home team after 100 minutes in the World Cup Final - while being struck down with food poisioning.
But by all means see if you can do what Melly Boy can't and provide evidence that we entered 95 as favourites and thus choked. And while your at it, why don't you follow your own advice and look up the build ups to 91 (when we were hammered by the Aussies and had two coaches who hated each other in charge) and 99 (when we had to rebuild the entire team 12 months out - losing 5 in a row in the Tri Nations in the process)