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The New Zealand All Blacks Strengths and Weaknesses

The New Zealand All Blacks may be the current World Champions, but let's take a look at a couple of their biggest strengths and weaknesses.

The New Zealand All Blacks are known as the kings of Rugby Union, with the nation currently holding the number one world ranking as well as the current world champions. The All Blacks are undoubtedly the team to aspire to be, with their current domination of the last few years.  Whilst it seems that the Kiwi’s are unbeatable, they certainly have a target on their back this upcoming Rugby Championship and also for the World Cup.

Strengths

The New Zealand All Blacks live and breathe Rugby Union, which is one of the many reasons why they are so good at this level. The All Blacks have been together for several years and excel in terms of experience, with the likes of veterans including Tony Woodcock, Richie McCaw, Jerome Kaino, Dan Carter, Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith. The All Blacks are sturdy in defence and attack with the side often scoring the most tries. Other successful tactics seen in the 2014 Rugby Championship
include most clean breaks, carriers, metres, defenders beaten, tackle success and also offloads. Being the current World Cup Champions will prove to be a huge boost to the side, as there’s nothing like walking into a tournament and knowing your ranking can do majority of the talking for you. 

Weaknesses

Whilst it is hard to fault a side that has displayed such dominance within a sport which New Zealand calls their national code, the side does inherit a weakness similar to the Spingboks. Whilst the side has got a load of experience between some of the senior players within the side, the All Blacks have been dubbed ‘Dad’s Army.’ With 37% of the individuals in the team aged over 30, this may be seen as something that younger sides can benefit from.

Player to Watch

Sonny Bill Williams will make a return for the All Blacks, after departing from the NRL again in 2014. The dual international has received quite a lot of criticism over not only his form, but place within the All Blacks side. The Rugby Championship will be a huge test for Williams, and could impact on his position within the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

Facts and Stats

  • The New Zealand All Blacks are currently ranked number 1 in the world.

  • Within the 2014 Rugby Championship All Blacks superstar Julian Savea scored the most tries throughout the tournament, closely followed by team mate and Captain Richie McCaw.

  • Whilst New Zealand seem to have almost all the bases covered, the side does lack a little discipline with the side receiving the most yellow cards within the 2014 tournament

  • The side has one of the best ball handling skills within the rugby championship arena, with a total of 70 offloads and a high success rate in regards to completion.