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New Zealand media tears into England and Ireland

A kiwi journalist, Phill Gifford, was less than complimentary of England following their win against Ireland in his piece ‘Nine things you need to know from England’s Six Nations win over Ireland‘.

In his first point, he wrote: “If the All Blacks don’t win the World Cup this year, please, please, don’t let England or Ireland take it by boring other teams to death. For the sake of the game, may a side that uses all 15 players on attack emerge victorious.”


Gifford then turned his attention to Ireland: “If England were soullessly efficient, Ireland were just as dull, without even the consolation of victory. Irish halfback Connor Murray has a magnificent high box kick but dear Lord, yesterday he did it so often it was more predictable than Groundhog Day.”

He also targeted Owen Farrell in particular for criticism.

“No wonder Farrell likes to tackle without using his arms. When he tries to tackle legally he’s basically a revolving door.”

4 Responses

  1. Luxah

    Sour grapes and shows they’re worried as there are now 2 sides who can beat NZ to win the world cup;. NZ only play pretty when they are not up against another top side and they can run riot.Top sides win ugly most of the time…

  2. Neville Groom

    Chris Rattue, Murray Mexted, Grant Nisbett, Mark Watson and Martin Devlin, all Kiwis with pedigree, saw the game as it really was.

  3. Reuben

    Some people assume that because they have a platform, they should utter whatever garbage us in their heads.

    Its sad that people seek for attention by the “need to be unique” – if you didn’t think the England – Ireland game was a cracker then I think you are handling the wrong sport as a writer.

    Whether you’re from the southern or northern hemisphere.

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