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This time next year we will know who the winner of the 2011 Rugby World Cup will be. Is New Zealand Rugby heading in the right direction to host the biggest and most important Rugby tournament? Let's take a look at where we are at. 

 
2010 ITM Cup

 

1. Canterbury - 45 points

2. Auckland - 45 points

3. Waikato - 44 points

4. Wellington - 42 points

 

The big four unions battled their way to the final four. They made it largely due to the returning/new All Blacks boosting the success of their teams. Canterbury were the most consistent over the competition. Auckland proved to tough for most teams to handle. Waikato received resurgence from returning All Blacks. Wellington were a huge turn around story of the tournament.

5. Taranaki - 42 points

6. Bay of Plenty - 37 points

7. Southland - 34 points

Taranaki were level in points with the Wellington Lions but having lost their match against the Lions cost them dearly. The Bay of Plenty had a good showing this season playing attractive rugby falling short of the playoffs. Southland were the biggest talking point of the season having defended the Ranfurly Shield 6 times almost holding it a whole year before Canterbury re-claimed it from them. The Southland province was very proud of this achievement marking the importance of the log of wood to New Zealand Rugby.

8. Hawke's Bay - 33 points

9. Counties Manukau - 31 points

10. Northland - 29 points

11. North Harbour - 21 points

12. Tasman - 20 points

13. Manawatu - 18 points

14. Otago - 10 points

 

Semi Finals - Canterbury vs. Wellington Friday, October 29 & Auckland vs. Waikato Saturday, October 30

ITM Cup Final - Saturday, November 5 2010 

 

 

ALL BLACKS End of year tour

 

Richie McCaw has stated to the team and the public that he wants a clean record this season. After having won every game this far there are now just five games left to win. Dan Carter is back from his surgery and will have Stephen Donald to back him up as he came back to form strongly in the ITM Cup.

The new kid in town is the red hot centre Sonny Bill Williams who showed that he is the real deal in the ITM Cup. He has natural talent with size, strength and speed. He will be a pleasure to watch develop on the tour.

Daniel Braid earned a well deserved recall into the black jersey after putting his hand up through Super rugby and captaining the Auckland team so well. He is a workhorse with the ball and earns his chance. Hosea Gear has been far too good to ignore as he has put up huge try stats over the past few seasons so there is no surprise that he earns a recall.

Alby Mathewson has done extremely well to edge out fellow lion Piri Weepu who is perhaps the most unlucky player to not make the cut. Andrew Hore & Sitiveni Sivivatu are both ready to come back. They are both veteran players who strengthen the side with their consistent abilities.

Anyway you look at this team that have been selected for the tour you have to be pleased with the depth of the side. Taking a look at the players who did not get selected and you realise how many great players New Zealand has. The Aussies will be keen to get off their record losing streak against the All Blacks in Hong Kong then after this exhibition game is a grand slam tour in the United Kingdom.

 

30 October - All Blacks vs. Wallabies, Hong Kong

7 November - All Blacks vs. England, London

14 November - All Blacks vs. Scotland, Edinburgh

21 November - All Blacks vs. Ireland, Dublin

28 November - All Blacks vs. Wales, Cardiff

 

 

 

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