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Either way it's a good quote; 'When a cricketer gets hit in the private parts, he hopes the pain will go away very soon but the swelling doesn't!'
'Those who can play ...play
'Those who can't play ...coach
'Those who can't coach ... write
'And those who can't write - become commentators!'
'Unless I am very much mistaken...I AM very much mistaken...!'
'A smile is the light in your face which tells people your heart is at home!'
'Winning isn't everything; but wanting to IS!'
'Yes, I AM drunk again, but I'm not an alcoholic; I only have a drink every time Richie McCaw is offside!'
Writing about the Government in power in Australia in 2014; "Fumble, Bumble, Tumble, Stumble and Mumble. This Abbot Government embraces all the 'Umbles - except Humble!"
"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb, often that's where the best fruit is found!"
"Welsh rugby players, if not born, are certainly conceived on a rugby field!"
"They used to say the two most important players in any rugby team were the tighthead prop and the reserve tighthead prop!"
'In New Zealand rugby comes first, rugby comes second, rugby comes third, fourth, fifth and sixth.'
'After you've seen one wall, you've seen 'em all!'
'We take life too lightly and sport too seriously.'
'I'm on a whiskey diet, I've lost three days already!'
'When you lose something the journey back is longer than the forward run.'
On this day he captained the AB test team for the 52nd time, thus passing Sean Fitzpatrick's old record of 51. NZ beat Australia by 23-22 in Sydney
These games have become an anachronism in modern rugby. ‘B’ internationals between second – or ‘B’ teams - of countries were played mostly in the second half of the 20th century. The British, Irish and French were the countries that mostly embraced the idea. For a time, some of the hardest games of each European season came in the international ‘B’ matches. The Wales v France ‘B’ teams, in particular, had some robust encounters between 1970 and 1989 when they met annually.
Internationals involving ‘B’ teams were never as popular in South Africa, Australia or New Zealand, though each dabbled with the concept of fielding a ‘second’ national team at some stage.
South Africa actually used to call its ‘second’ selection the ‘Junior’ Springboks. Australia fielded a ‘B’ team for the first time in 1988 when it met New Zealand. In 1991 New Zealand ‘B’ met Australia ‘B’ in Brisbane. New Zealand won an exciting match 21–15.
In 1992 England B toured New Zealand, playing two ‘tests’ against a New Zealand second team that was called the ‘New Zealand XV’.
Modern marketing phased out the concept of ‘B’ games. In the 1990s they were replaced by ‘A’ internationals. The new concept was a marketers way of enticing the paying public to believe they are not seeing second-rate players in action.
So the short history of ‘B’ teams came to an end. Ironically, this was followed by the decision of many countries, led by Wales, for economic reasons, to not even field an ‘A’ team any more.
Which nation came third in the 1987 Rugby World Cup played in New Zealand?