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04-26-2007, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by CycloneLaunch View Post
To my knowledge all of them attended high school in NZ, the only two who i would say may have been "poached" are Joe and Sivi, i know Joe was offered some form of scholarship to the high school he attended, but i highly doubt those players would be what they are today if they weren't bought up through the NZ rugby system.
The Pacific Isles are just as rugby mad as NZ.. they'd be very good indeed. Rupeni Caucaunibuca is an example of a player on a par with those guys. (and they tried desperately to get him in the All Blacks too). There's a definite funnelling of rugby talent going from the Isles to NZ.

Ireland are peaking at the right time but I think it's fair to say it'd be a surprise if anyone but NZ won.

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