<div class='quotemain'> The NH XV above could only have been put together by someone with no idea about NH rugby. I'm sorry, but some of those players aren't even playing for their country, nevermind being selected for a representative side.
The fact you think Dallaglio is the best 8 north of the equator sums it up for me. [/b]
YEAH!!! WHERE'S CHABAL???!!!
Or is he coach, manager, psychologist and media realtions manager (among other things of course)?
the team i chose is pretty fair.
anyways... i couldnt really make up my mind for alot of those positions, pretty much cos the NH sucks.
poor guys wont even make the final i think.
but in saying that, i really hope you guys get better.
I am not a fan of whitewashes.
As long as Shane Williams is in a Northern Hemisphere side, you cant really go wrong.
It's idiots like you that tend to make me feel spite instead of commiseration, we sucked so bad that you're on your way home? Time to man up methinks. The Shane Williams bit cracks me up especially, have you ever watched the NH's leagues?
From those awards can we deduce that the IRB is biased towards the SH?
not really. think it's the same as the south africans crying foul over the small number of aussies that's been cited through out the tournament. it's down to personal bias.
if you look at the latest IRB nominations for player of the year you see that only one NH player is in there. that again will say a lot.
...Argentina centre Felipe Contepomi, New Zealand flanker and 2006 IRB Player of the Year Richie McCaw, South Africa wing Bryan Habana, French centre Yannick Jauzion and Argentina flyhalf Juan Hernandez...[/b]
you could have had a valid point, if the majority of judges on the panel were from the SH, but there is only 4 from the SH, and 6 from the NH.
Francois Pienaar, Michael Jones, Fabien Galthie, Keith Wood, Gavin Hastings, Will Greenwood, Jonathan Davies, Dan Lyle, Federico Mendez and convener John Eales have watched over 80 matches between them and in the 110 hours of action they awarded points to three players in every match.[/b]
end of the day, i think that england and france saved it for the NH, especially after losing one pool game, and the coming back to defeat pool winners, with new zealand obviously being the favourites for the tournament. says a lot about the character of those teams. the england team was hammered by the media, and a lot of fans. but, they just carried on and now with a big smile, saying a well deserved big f*** you to all those who didn't believe they could make it to the semis...