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Big Rod is the AB Skipper


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Tri Nations on 30 Jun 2008 at 15:25

Rodney So’oialo is still coming to terms with the All Blacks captaincy as New Zealand begin preparations for Saturday’s Tri-Nations opener against South Africa.

The No 8 was promoted after regular skipper Richie McCaw injured his ankle against England two weeks ago, forcing him out of action for up to a month, according to News24.

Samoan-born So’oialo, 28, will become the 61st man to captain the All Blacks and while he was honoured to be given the job, he said fellow forward McCaw was still the team leader.

“Even though he’s not physically with the team he’s still a big part,” So’oialo told reporters after an indoor training session on Monday.

“He’s still got a knowledge of the game and can certainly help out with the team.”

The All Blacks are unbeaten in three Tests this season but So’oialo said they faced a massive task against the Springboks, who are still on a high after winning the Rugby World Cup last year.

“We’re playing the best team in the world,” So’oialo said.

“They certainly showed that in their World Cup campaign and then coming into the games they’ve had in the last few weeks, they’ve been great and they’re certainly the benchmark that we need to reach.”



13 Comments

  • Rod is a notorious walkabout-merchant… this is an All-Black team lacking in leadership. I think we’ll take ‘em.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.06.08 15:36:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Why didn’t they opt for Carter… :?:

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.06.08 15:47:42 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 2) : also wondered that

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.06.08 15:49:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • Interesting.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.06.08 16:21:25 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 4) : most.

    Let’s do beers next month. What say you?

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.06.08 16:23:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Yeah, why not. Will definitely be a first for me. Going for drinks with a man I met on the internet. :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.06.08 16:38:10 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 6) : we can invite others. And I don’t believe you for a second :)

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.06.08 16:48:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • ‘Big Rod’

    Sounds like a name used in a ‘blou’ movie. :shock:

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.06.08 17:12:41 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : har har har ;)

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.06.08 17:41:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • I was gonna use another word Rob…

    Just to liven up the site… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.06.08 17:55:11 by wpw Reply
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  • All these compliments from the AB’s make me nervous. :twisted:

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.06.08 17:57:46 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 11) : agree… it’s like we’re walking into a trap

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.06.08 18:04:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • #11 is right on the money, lot of traditional saffa arrogance coming to the fore given our world ranking…journo’s and fans alike.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.07.08 08:01:12 by Sauce Reply
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