All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

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All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

Postby Lizard » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:01 am

The All Blacks team announcement has been postponed as it looks like the game may well be cancelled.

Given the likely result if played, cancellation won't change the playoff match-ups as NZ will still qualify top. But they will be left short a game in preparation.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/a ... d=12275301
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Re: All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

Postby zer0 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:48 am

A cancellation also tarnishes several All Black stats/records. Namely:

  • The 14-0 record against Italy, which will plummet to 14-0-1
  • The 17 match RWC winning run being downgraded to simply unbeaten
  • The 32 year -- nine tournament -- record of winning every pool match, again, being downgraded to simply unbeaten
It is, quite frankly, unacceptable.

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Re: All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

Postby cashead » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:05 am

Yep, cancelled, as is England v. France.

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Re: All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

Postby Lizard » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:09 am

zer0 wrote:A cancellation also tarnishes several All Black stats/records. Namely:

  • The 14-0 record against Italy, which will plummet to 14-0-1
  • The 17 match RWC winning run being downgraded to simply unbeaten
  • The 32 year -- nine tournament -- record of winning every pool match, again, being downgraded to simply unbeaten
It is, quite frankly, unacceptable.


No statistician is going to treat this as an actual result of a test match. It is simply being treated as a draw for the purposes of the Pool table.
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Re: All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

Postby Lizard » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:15 am

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Re: All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

Postby Lizard » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:21 am

Sunday matches (including Japan v Scotland) remain under review.
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Re: All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

Postby Spy » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:39 am

Positives:
Avoid (unlikely) chance of loss
Avoid (significant) risk of cards/bans following poorly executed tackle
Avoid risk of injury

Negatives:
Going into QF underdone

Unusual situation. Just got to deal with it.

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Re: All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

Postby morepork » Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:39 am

Parisse thinks that if the ABs needed the bonus point win to qualify, the game wouldn’t have been cancelled. The ABs are able to withstand typhoons. Such is the power of their mana.

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Re: All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

Postby zer0 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:40 am

morepork wrote:Parisse thinks that if the ABs needed the bonus point win to qualify, the game wouldn’t have been cancelled. The ABs are able to withstand typhoons. Such is the power of their mana.


I mean, they play rugby in Wellington in June/July, which is pretty much the same thing. But with sleet.

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Re: All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

Postby Stones of granite » Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:32 am

morepork wrote:Parisse thinks that if the ABs needed the bonus point win to qualify, the game wouldn’t have been cancelled. The ABs are able to withstand typhoons. Such is the power of their mana.

The ABs are able to withstand typhoons, but can’t be asked to play in a different stadium. Perhaps their mana is location dependent.

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Re: All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

Postby Lizard » Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:53 am

I think we need to keep in perspective that this could be the strongest Typhoon to hit Japan in 50 years. Lives could well be lost. Rugby, on the other hand, is just a game.
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Re: All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

Postby Doorzetbornandbred » Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:47 am

Lizard wrote:I think we need to keep in perspective that this could be the strongest Typhoon to hit Japan in 50 years. Lives could well be lost. Rugby, on the other hand, is just a game.


That's just a typical response to be expected of a member of the snowflake generation... you've got a government hell bent on putting every farmer out of business and flooding the world with pine tree products(theres only ever gonna be one Pinetree). Words just fail me, I may have to have a stiff drink to get over this all.

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Re: All Blacks v Italy is...probably cancelled?

Postby morepork » Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:37 am

Stones of granite wrote:
morepork wrote:Parisse thinks that if the ABs needed the bonus point win to qualify, the game wouldn’t have been cancelled. The ABs are able to withstand typhoons. Such is the power of their mana.

The ABs are able to withstand typhoons, but can’t be asked to play in a different stadium. Perhaps their mana is location dependent.

That's just like, your opinion man.


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