A New Zealand newspaper seems to think the All Blacks have already won next year’s Rugby World Cup after Saturday’s stunning demolition of Australia. The New Zealand Herald’s front page carries a plug to a column by outspoken columnist Chris Rattue , with the headline ‘Just give us the World Cup now’. In his column, Rattue claims the current crop of All Blacks will be unbeatable in Japan if they keep their team together. He also says outside-half Beauden Barrett, who scored a record four tries against the Wallabies at Eden Park, is the greatest number 10 ever to play the game. “It’s time to jump the gun,” he wrote. “They might as well hand over the Webb Ellis Cup now, with the All Blacks looking this good. “If this All Blacks team holds together —and that’s no gimme considering some of the players’ ages and injury histories — they will be unbeatable at the World Cup in Japan next year. “They’ve got so many strings to their bow, the most important being an ability to up the ante when under pressure. They’ve also got Beauden Barrett, who ripped the Wallabies apart at Eden Park on Saturday night.” “Barrett may… Read full this story
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