All Blacks: staying at the top of their game

By Paul Thomas In Sport

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20th October, 2012
There’s a saying in sport that once you reach the mountain top, there’s only one way you can go, and that’s down. Bearing in mind that in 1998 the All Blacks unravelled to the extent of losing five consecutive games, it’s interesting, and slightly unnerving, to note the similarities between the great 1996/97 team and the current crop. Last year’s World Cup victory got a primate off our back, but arguably it was a mere orang-utan and not the silverback gorilla we carried around for the 70 years it took the All Blacks to win a series in South Africa. (They finally did so in 1996.) The ...

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