ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Thursday Oct 15, 2020

David Campese could be tempting fate, as we've seen before

David Campese may have been the most vocal critic of the All Blacks this past week, but he has not been the only one. The Wallabies great has not missed the opportunity to lampoon his former rivals after the 16-16 draw between the two sides in Wellington on Sunday.

ADVERTISEMENT

This is not the first time that these sort of pronouncements have been shared though.

The 2017 British and Irish Lions series was perhaps the genesis of talk of the All Blacks’ decline. Their struggles against the Springboks in recent years only fuelled that criticism, and it culminated with the World Cup semi-final loss to England.

Video Spacer

Video Spacer
Catch up on the latest episode of the Aussie Rugby Show

However, there are some in Australia that are clearly more tentative than Campese, who feel this could be dangerously provocative.

After all, in response to such comments people have been quick to list just some of the instances in recent memory where the All Blacks had looked exposed one game, before comprehensively answering all critics a week later.

It must be remembered that this was the first match in almost a year for either side at the weekend. But it is also undeniable that the sort of opinions shared by Campese have become far more frequent in the past two years than they had been in the decade prior.

WATCH: All Blacks release footage of a clearly injured Ardie Savea making a crucial intervention

Further, though Michael Hooper’s side came within the width of the goalpost from winning, and on balance probably deserved the win, they ultimately did not.

Those in New Zealand feel that this weekend may be a better indication as to where the All Blacks and the Wallabies are, as their “aura” has been questioned in the past.

ADVERTISEMENT

Though there was promise for the underdogs in Wellington, Eden Park is a veritable fortress for the three-time world champions, where they are yet to lose in the professional era.

This Sunday is likely to prove whether Campese and co are onto something, or whether they have only awoken the beast.

https://twitter.com/johnnyddavidson/status/1316334851474284547?s=20

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Manu Tuilagi will play a surprising role...

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Australia say they're the safe bet for RWC...

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    Russell believes Scotland can become a Top...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 22 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Smith provides the goods once again with late Quins comeback in Europe

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    McKenzie impresses for Suntory on league debut in Japan

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Ridiculous dummy-offload sets up last gasp bonus point for Bears

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Length-of-field chase for charge down results in great try

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Jack Nowell surprises fans with delicate kicking skills in New Year clash

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Opening minute red card leaves coach questioning current laws

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Chiefs prop sent off for dangerous challenge on England's Joe Marler

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    The naughty language of Dane Coles which most fans missed during last year's Ireland defeat

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 15 moments of 'sh*thousery' which probably shouldn't be tolerated in the modern game

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Umaga suspended for reckless challenge after shoulder hit throat

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 22 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Smith provides the goods once again with late Quins comeback in Europe

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    McKenzie impresses for Suntory on league debut in Japan

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Folau scores twice on return to rugby union in Japan

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Fractured skull during Saracens’ victory puts Jackson Wray out of action for a while

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: These baffling plays make you wonder what they were thinking

View All

Funnies

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    The naughty language of Dane Coles which most fans missed during last year's Ireland defeat

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 15 moments of 'sh*thousery' which probably shouldn't be tolerated in the modern game

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    O'Mahony tells Rory Kockott to 'pi$s off' in hilarious interaction in front of referee

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Bizarre scenes as Harry Potter performs disappearing act against Bordeaux

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Hilarious Erasmus bulldog Tweet torments English fans

View All

Amateur

  • 63 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 100 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 100 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 100 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 100 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: American cross-over athletes get recruited off the street to try rugby

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    New Tongan Thor montage is five minutes of mesmerising hits and skills

  • 25 WEEKS AGO

    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 47 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 52 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

View All