TJ Perenara was captain with Coles, the Saffa was just show boating out on the fringes waiting for the hard work to be done by the Kiwis as per usual
Still would love a bi-annual SH vs NH three-game series.
I think it would draw attention second only to the WC.
One struggles to see the NH ever winning a game though.
It depends on location and ref. The NH sides play a brand closer to test rugby; super rugby today is the equivalent of Currie Cup in years gone by. Set pieces are poor, defences are reactive and undisciplined, despite running a lot passing has actually deteriorated, rucks are less intensely fought, tactical kicking is poor. Nyet, Stupour Rugby would only be the winner in a team loaded with kiwis, but its not a certainty.
Besides, the balance of power is shifting north. Rugby is dying in some traditional strongholds, and emerging nations are growing. We are witnessing a significant change in the game. Rugby in the SH, as it once was, it has no future. Go north.
" Besides, the balance of power is shifting north."
Until you remove all the SH players from their teams. Then things look much like they did twenty years ago.
I don't believe that to be the case. Financially, Europe mops the floor with the SH. Their coaching is on another level, they haven't just closed the gap, they are now setting standards. All Black rugby is taking hits at all levels, and are not drawing in young boys into the game as they once did. What next? Australia? South Africa has no future as a nation and cannot prop up this sham of a facade. SH rugby is dying, it's standards are too low and they have made poor decisions that have ruined the game at fundamental levels. It makes no sense to stay in the SH.
Watched a few SS Rugby games on TV this past week and was amazed to see the poor crowds in attendance.
Attendances have been poor across the board for a long time now.