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Why ABs want to smash England

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10.11.2018

OPINION: Twelve reasons there is often tension between New Zealand and English rugby.

1. For more than a century they've reckoned we cheat. When the English media discovered the 1905-06 All Blacks had been playing 45 minutes each way in provincial games in New Zealand, it was suggested the superior fitness of the All Blacks came from bending the rules by playing extra time at home.

2. They kept on believing we cheated. In 1972 in a match with Welsh club Newport All Black halfback Sid Going was penalised three times in a row by English referee Larry Lamb, for not putting the ball in straight to the scrum. At the fourth scrum Going, a devout Mormon who doesn't swear, said to Lamb, "You put the blinky thing in."

3. In the 46 years since the Going outburst, the bleating from England's media about our rugby has never stopped. The All Blacks, it's been claimed, have got an unfair advantage because of the haka, because they're eternally off-side, because they intimidate referees, and because they all tackle like Owen Farrell. Oops. Sorry. Tackling with no arms is apparently OK now.

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