22 Mar 2007

All Blacks Lead The Way

Anyone thinking of having a little bet on the rugby World Cup would be mad to look much past the All Blacks. They have such strength in depth that they could put out a reserve team and still win the damn thing.

Their real international rivals - France, South Africa; maybe Australia and Ireland - just don't have that level of depth and experience.

And much of it can be put down to coach Graham Henry’s initially controversial rotation policy throughout 2006. Few other teams in the history of the sport could have a fly half as good as Nick Evans as anything other than a #1 choice. And that's not to mention Rico Gear, Joe Rokocoko and Doug Howlett all competing for a spot on the wing.

Henry's decision to rotate his squad and rest key players for certain games has meant he now has 30 experienced internationals at his disposal. It's not really as if he has a first 15 and a reserve 15 any more.

New Zealand will be a frightening prospect at France 2007 and you would be mad to back against them. Ladbrokes have still got them at a fairly generous 8/15 but that price is sure to move the closer we get to the World Cup itself.

If you are a betting man, then buy some money today by backing an All Blacks victory. You can use the cash to buy yourself a few beers while you watch the Final.

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