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Pool D - France, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Romania

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I feel like this France team have almost nothing in common with the NZ bogie teams of yore. NZ are even better now too. The gulf in quality this time is surely too big.
 

Hurricane

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I feel like this France team have almost nothing in common with the NZ bogie teams of yore. NZ are even better now too. The gulf in quality this time is surely too big.
There are split opinions amongst fans on the Interwebs

50% have your opinion
50% have my opinion

Who knows who is right. All of us think that the All Blacks should win. Some of us just think it could turn into a nail biter.

Some conjecture in one interesting post I read that France are increasingly cbf'd about the 6N. I don't know if that is true but if it is then their form coming into the tournament could be misleading.

Anyway when you have been crushed by them in 1999 and 2007 you don't forget easily. But yes there isn't much wrong with your post even if I have a different view.
 

hendrix

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I feel like this France team have almost nothing in common with the NZ bogie teams of yore. NZ are even better now too. The gulf in quality this time is surely too big.
that's not true at all.

France were absolutely garbage in the first half of the last world cup. NZ is not better now - 2011 Kaino and Read were much better than they are now, Corey Jane and Dagg were on top of their game, Conrad Smith was better, Keven Mealamu and Brad Thorn guaranteed breaking the advantage line every time.

Our halfback is probably the only position that is truly better. Maybe in the locks.
 

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that's not true at all.

France were absolutely garbage in the first half of the last world cup. NZ is not better now - 2011 Kaino and Read were much better than they are now, Corey Jane and Dagg were on top of their game, Conrad Smith was better, Keven Mealamu and Brad Thorn guaranteed breaking the advantage line every time.

Our halfback is probably the only position that is truly better. Maybe in the locks.
Haha yeah but you won in 2011. I was talking about compared to the '99 and '07 teams. I won't pretend to know enough about either side to compare with today's on a player-by-player basis but the ABs win percentage has gone absolutely through the roof since then.
 

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There are split opinions amongst fans on the Interwebs

50% have your opinion
50% have my opinion

Who knows who is right. All of us think that the All Blacks should win. Some of us just think it could turn into a nail biter.

Some conjecture in one interesting post I read that France are increasingly cbf'd about the 6N. I don't know if that is true but if it is then their form coming into the tournament could be misleading.

Anyway when you have been crushed by them in 1999 and 2007 you don't forget easily. But yes there isn't much wrong with your post even if I have a different view.
We're coming at it with the opposite psychology. We'd both love to be proven wrong.

It's nonsense that France cbf with the 6N. They're just desperately trying to excuse the four years they've just spent having their arse handed to them by Wales and Ireland. England tried to spin the exact same bull**** and most of the media bought it too.
 

Niall

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Here we go again.:laugh:



Bernard Jackman ‏@bernardjackman 40m40 minutes ago
Reports in France that Phillipe Saint Andre has been ousted and the players are coaching themselves this week. Play All Blacks Saturday!
 

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France aren't ****e, they just 'aren't taking the World Cup all that seriously these days'.
 

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