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My name is Wim Visser, ex Italian international rugby
player and Level III coaching qualification. I must agree with Nick, the so
called lesser nations in rugby at the moment are closing the gap on the so
called power house nations. ( I do believe that this is due to the fact that
many of these players are playing and being exposed to foreign competitions
which in the long term on a whole benefits that specific nations rugby because
of the standard of rugby being played and the competitive nature of the specific
leagues ie: Celtic league/Heineken Cup/Top 14/Premiership)
The Italy's/Samoa's/Argentina's are no longer push over
matches and in general are decided in the later part of the game whereas in the
past they used to be push over matches.
What Italy did against France on Sunday in Rome at the
"Stadio Olimpico" demonstrates this to the maximum, in the past they
definitely would have got stage fright but on Sunday a great team defensive
effort , self belief pulled them through to cause an awesome positive result
classed as an upset. I believe these so called upset results are going to
become more of the norm with the lesser nations in the future, so yes
definitely the power house nations Like the All Blacks, Aussie's and of course
South Africa would make a grave mistake to enter a test verse these lesser
nations with a complacent attitude, it could be a recipe to disaster.
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