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Rugby is in our psyche

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OPINION: It's okay, guys, we're back. You can stop flagellating yourself and talking in hushed tones, we have redeemed our reputation as the rugby nation.

It was a dark week before Saturday, and it wasn't just the weather. We lost the rugby. We lost to Australia. And we lost badly, 47-26.

New Zealanders stumbled about head in hands, shunned social events to evade discussing the inevitable, and numbly avoided sports channels.

It wasn't just any sporting loss. It was the hallowed ABs, who have, more than any other single New Zealand brand, made a mark on our country's reputation.

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After a long week, on Saturday we redeemed ourselves, as the Australian media called it:........

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