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Gifford: Black Ferns for team of the year

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OPINION: Some Kiwis have a genius for whining about our rugby. Some even do it for a living.

Having just spent three weeks in hospital I don't feel like joining in the carping chorus, but instead would like to suggest some reasons to be happy about the game, the All Blacks, and the World Cup, as the year draws to an end.

Let's start with the fact it would be surprising if the wonder women of the Black Ferns' sevens side didn't win team of the year at the New Zealand rugby awards this Thursday. Technically they play stunning rugby, but best of all there's a patent joy in their game. That may be partly explained by the fact they're breaking through glass ceiling after glass ceiling. You would also like to image that if some strutting French dipstick asked a Black Fern on stage if she twerked he might then be asked if he was finding it easy to breathe while being held by the neck a foot off the ground.

Seeing the feet of the "greed is good"........

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