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Jakarta Post

Rugby World Cup: Victus

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 9 2011   /  08:36 am

Guess what? New Zealand are the favorites to win the Rugby World Cup.

No surprises really, they always are, and always have been, since the competition started in 1987, when they did indeed win it.

Since then, however, their performances at the event which takes place every four years, have invariably fallen short of expectations, and they have failed to add to their number of titles.

That number, coming in at one, is less than Tri-Nations rivals Australia and South Africa, and is a source of humiliation and even despair for the legion of All Blacks fans.

Rugby in New Zealand is a religion — the population live it and breathe it — and there is no disputing that the national rugby team has dominated the world rankings for longer than anyone can remember.

The fact that the All Blacks have not emerged triumphant from rugby’s showcase tournament in ...