All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams return to action has been short-lived with the Blues midfielder facing another stint on the sideline. Only last week he made his return, running out for club rugby side Ponsonby.
Williams took to the field for Ponsonby in their win against Grammar Tec last weekend following another injury-plagued Super Rugby season for the Blues where he only managed to make 3 starts.
His final Super Rugby appearance came against the Hurricanes on June 15 came after a 10-week layoff following knee surgery.
SBW was expected to play for Ponsonby again this weekend but has been ruled out due to a tight hamstring.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had released 8 All Blacks that included Williams to play at club level if required this weekend.
New All Blacks loose forward Luke Jacobson will make his third appearance for Hautapu in as many weeks, aiming to get more game time after missing the run in for the Chiefs’ Super Rugby campaign following concussion.
Brodie Retallick has also been released and will be available for Central Hawke’s Bay this weekend.
Auckland will see a huge boost in All Blacks talent at the grassroots level this weekend, with 4 Blues players released to their clubs. Dalton Papalii (Pakuranga), Karl Tu’inukuafe (Takapuna), Ofa Tuungafasi (Grammar Tec), Patrick Tuipulotu (Ponsonby) and Rieko Ioane (Ponsonby).
The All Blacks squad will come together again in Auckland on Tuesday afternoon for a camp before flying to Buenos Aires on Friday evening for the first of the Rugby Championship Fixtures.
SANZAAR to Consider Japan’s Rugby Championship Inclusion
Following their hugely impressive Rugby World Cup performances from Japan SANZAAR are set to not only consider the team’s inclusion in the Rugby Championship but are also to reconsider the Sunwolves future according to reports
Following Japan’s brilliant World Cup campaign where they reached the last eight of the competition for the first time in their history, SANZAAR are apparently set to consider bringing the country into the Rugby Championship to help them develop their game.
The report claims that SANZAAR are set to meet in Tokyo on Friday where they will also discuss the possibility of reintroducing the Sunwolves to Super Rugby.
Speaking to Newshub, World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper is hoping that Japan will be able to compete at the highest level and rues the fact that the Nations Championship proposal was shut down.
“Certainly if I was in their shoes I’d be very keen to have Japan in my competition sooner rather than later. That’s entirely their call. We proposed a nations championship that had Japan very much playing at the top table and maybe they’ll see it that way for their own particular championship” he said.
The inclusion of the Sunwolves would be huge for Japan after the franchise failed to agree a new contract with SANZAAR to extend their time in the competition where they have only won eight of 62 games since 2016.
However, considering the success of the national side this tournament it seems only fair that they should be given a chance to continue their development to the top tier and that will only happen if their players are playing against the best week in week out.
The Japanese were unfortunate to go down 26-3 to the Springboks on Saturday in the quarter-finals, but following their incredible performances where they played a fast and exciting style of rugby, earning many fans worldwide, people will hope that this is only the beginning of their rugby story.
All Blacks Lucky to Only Receive One Red Card?!
Following Saturday’s first Bledisloe Cup match much of the talk revolved around Scott Barrett’s sending off, however, it turns out the All Blacks may have been fortunate to have only had one red card!
The All Blacks 47-26 crushing defeat to the Wallabies on Saturday was mostly followed by talk surrounding Scott Barrett’s sending off, but it now seems as though he could have been joined on the side-lines by some of his teammates
Social media exploded on Saturday in the aftermath of Barrett’s red card, for which he subsequently received a three-week ban from rugby. However, Fox Sports have done some research and found that the All Blacks actually committed 17 instances of foul play in the 80 minutes of which only three were penalised.
The most noticeable of which happened only eight minutes into the game when the All Blacks were fortunate not to have three men given at least yellow cards at once.
Dane Coles, Owen Franks and Ardie Savea all could have faced further punishment than the penalty awarded with the trio performing no arms tackles that were high on Wallabies captain Michael Hooper.
Flanker Sam Cane complained after the game of the Wallabies methods of breaking up the ruck.
“To be honest, I wasn’t aware of it until I looked at my game yesterday but there were times when you’d get over the ball and you’d know you were in a good position and then for whatever reason you get taken off it. Sometimes it was because players were coming blatantly in from the side, sometimes it’s those neck rolls,” he said on Monday.
However, it has since been noticed that he flipped Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu on his head in the 35th minute to prevent a turnover at a ruck and a short time later Franks was spotted tackling Izack Rodda around the neck.
That was only in the first-half.
In the second-half there were two instances were substitute prop Angus Ta’avao tackled players around the neck and also didn’t use his arms in a tackle.
As well as this the Wallabies were constantly being hit off the ball, but there was no punishment.
The Wallabies were at fault on multiple occasions too with neck rolls being missed and late tackles slipping by.
However, the call from fans and players alike that the All Blacks were treated unfairly during their side’s record loss to the Wallabies would appear to be unjustified.
If anything, it seems as though things could have been much worse for the All Blacks if the officiating was stricter.
What is certain though is that both side’s will need to solve their defensive indiscipline for the second test this weekend or we could be seeing more players join Barrett on the side-lines.
WATCH: Surely this new angle on Barrett Red Card ends the debate.
Surely this ends the debate.
There has been mass debate over the weekend since Jérôme Garcès issued Scott Barrett a Red-Card for a no arms tackle to the head/neck area of Michael Hooper.
Many pundits, players, former players and spectators gave their 2 pence worth but surely this new video angle that has been uncovered by host broadcaster Fox Sports ends the debate?
Here are some of the ranging opinions from Twitter.
Red all day long. And I hate seeing red cards. He’s smashed him in the head.— Jim Hamilton (@jimhamilton4) August 10, 2019
Perhaps the most precise of all:
The SANZAAR foul play review committee will convene late Sunday afternoon (5pm AEST) by video conference to consider Barrett’s case.
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