Sunday, December 31, 2006

The best team one year out

The All Blacks have been the best team in the world most of the last twelve years but have missed out at the World Cup in the '95 final, the '99 quarter final and again at the 2003 quarter final. Just so we don't all start prematurely celebrating, here's a reminder of what happened each time.

  1. First, the dropgoal in '95. Forget the fact that it was extra time.
  2. Next, France knock us of in '99.
  3. Finally, Australia and Mortlock steal a win against all expectation in 2003.
If you want another reminder, there's that little gem of wisdom provided by George Gregan to the All Black forwards in the dying moments of the '03 quarter final, "four more years boys, four more years".

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