Friday, August 19, 2011
It's the end of the week, another interesting one in the world of rugby, and there's only 21 days left to till the world cup. Today we've got a double helping of Plays of the Week, which features some of the best bits from the last two weeks.
It's not long to go now and while the final few rounds of warm-up games, and the Tri Nations, take place, teams are frantically looking to not only find their form leading up to the big tournament, but also their best combinations. Avoiding injury is a bonus too, something some sides have already struggled with.
Up north it's difficult to gauge where some of the sides are at, as it could be said that England and Wales both look like they need to work on being more clinical, while Ireland's big test will come this weekend as they meet France again, hoping to overturn the loss of a few days back.
In the big 3, New Zealand seem to be, as per the usual trend, heading into the world cup as favourites. Their rivals the Wallabies, with all the ingredients on paper, have this week dropped one of their most experienced backs, and changed their captain. Whether that will come back to haunt them or not, we'll only find out in two months time.
The Springboks, an older group, have all the experience needed, but aren't producing the goods. A good win against the All Blacks tomorrow will go a long way towards getting their mindset right before they travel to New Zealand. A few injuries seem to be hampering them too though, with the big loss of integral forward Juan Smith being announced just yesterday.
Aside from the RWC hype, the Currie Cup and ITM Cup are keeping on keeping on, as well as club rugby in Australia. Today's Plays of the Week post from Fox Sports does what they do best, as we're treated to a summary of the funniest, dirtiest, and best bits from not one, but two weekends of brilliant rugby action. Enjoy.
If you've seen last week's episode, skip to 2:32 and you can jump straight into the latest.
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