Absence Of Ben Smith Is A Loss For All Blacks

It is not possible for Ben Smith to think about in a clear way what would be his strategy during his four-month sabbatical until after the test, which is going to take place on Saturday.


However, Ben Smith will for everyone else start; however, the process has already started for wondering how team All Blacks will succeed in his absence for the year’s remainder.

If someone says Smith is not the best back outside in the rugby world, it would be really interesting to know who they presume is better.

It is really hard to discuss that there is any player of the backfield who is more efficient and can offer more than what Smith has done for the team. It is hard to find a player who has a higher impact and has been more effective and contributor than him, after he became regular of All Blacks in 2013.

His ability to influence the tests is astonishing. (more…)

New Zealand should not fear anyone

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has stated that his team should learn to become competitive and not to fear anyone.


He said that his team can now beat any team in the world and that they should believe this when they come on the pitch.

Anthony Hudson said for so long New Zealand has been considered as an outsider, but he believes that things should change now. He said that New Zealand players should ditch the mentality of being an inferior footballing nation and believe that they can compete with the best teams in the world.

New Zealand will be facing Fiji in their next game which will count for the World Cup qualifiers in Russia. However, Hudson said that he is focusing more on the Confederations Cup where New Zealand will be playing against the likes of Russia, Portugal, and Mexico. Hudson said that his team will be going there to win the competition and that they do not fear anyone. (more…)

DEPARTING FOOTBALL DIRECTOR SAYS ALL IS WELL

Rob Sherman, the New Zealand technical director who just stepped down from his post has expressed his optimism for the performance of the all whites in the New Year.


After a particularly challenging period, Sherman believes the team will encounter what he termed as ‘reasonably calm waters’ ahead. Earlier this month, the national body of the team had announced that Sherman would be stepping down from his post as director for personal reasons; he had taken up the position last year in October.

Sherman, who was the head of coach education at Football Federation Australia and a former technical director of the welsh football association, had become the teams technical director after the previous director Fred de Jong had quit in light of the Olympic eligibility issue.

“The organization is performing really well, so much has gone out with the whole of the game. There is a whole raft of things which perhaps don’t attract attention when there are one or two items that do but we need to focus on the positives,” Sherman said.

The saga had caused the Country’s under 23 men’s team to be kicked out of the qualifying tournament in Oceania for the Rio Olympics; this was because the team had fielded an ineligible player. Aside that, there were a host of other problems which the team had encountered in early 2016,the team coach had complained about a lack of matches for his team and was bitter about the soft nature of some of the younger players in the team.

In February 2016, team striker Alex Jones was sent home after they had missed FIFA’s deadline for completion of loan application. However, Sherman believed that while the team had faced some unfortunate occurrences, they were some good work that had been done in a few areas.

“I see reasonably calm waters. There is a clear strategy and direction and they’ll be committed to bring that to life,” the ex-director added.

Anthony Hudson Dismisses Reports Linking Him with Derby County Job

New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson has become the surprise transfer target for Derby County.


The Championship outfit recently parted company with Nigel Pearson after he spent only four months in charge of the club. The exit was largely down to his falling out with owner Mell Morris. In a news that would upset most of the New Zealand football fans, manager Hudson has become a surprise candidate to take over from Pearson at the Championship club. The Englishman would be one of the youngest managers in the Championship should he accept the role.

However, the manager is understood to have dismissed all the speculation by saying that he wants to stay with the New Zealand national team. Hudson has been in charge of the national team since being given the job back in August 2014. Even though the team has been going through an up-and-down period, Hudson has the possibility to make a name for himself as he is building the team from the bottom up. (more…)