The ‘cynical money-making ploy’ that exposes Wales to the annihilation of the All Blacks

The All Blacks ‘test against Wales later this month has been described as “the stupidest match ever” with the hosts shaken by a scheduling problem and multiple injuries ahead of the Rugby Championship winners’ visit.

Wales will not have a full virtual squad of players for their first spring international game against New Zealand on October 31 (AEST), with Lions fullback Liam Williams the last big name on the absentee list after undergoing surgery to remove your appendix.

While Williams joins Justin Tipuric, George North, Leigh Halfpenny, Dan Lydiate, James Botham, Jarrod Evans and Josh Macleod on the disabled list, the Welsh also don’t have their England-based stars. The game is outside the official testing window, which means that Premiership clubs will not be required to release their players for the match.

That means Dan Biggar, Louis Rees-Zammit, Taulupe Faletau, Callum Sheedy, Nick Tompkins, Ioan Lloyd and Tommy Reffell will be missing.

Wales have not beaten New Zealand in 68 years and the match has already sold out 74,000 innings.

But James Corrigan, writing in the UK Telegraph under the headline “Forget rugby: Wales’ rendezvous with the All Blacks is a stupid, cynical and lucrative ploy”, said that the Welsh Rugby Union had organized “the stupidest match in the world. history”.

“Unlike the three tests in the weekends after, this one, the glamorous tie not invented, is being contested outside the international window,” he wrote.

“Wales will be underpowered and the only ones fully charged that day will be the portion of the 74,000 spectators spared.

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“Well why not?” the WRU could have guessed. Wales have not beaten the All Blacks in 68 years, as Tenzing and Hilary were still climbing their way back up Everest, and despite being the reigning champions of the Six Nations, there would hardly be unbridled optimism that the Pivac match will finally conquer this particular mountain this time. .

“That bunch of gullible, romantic daisies dressed as daffodils won’t groan if the emptiness lasts at least another year. What is another 12 months in a lifetime of failures? What is another digit in a curse?

“Except it’s not a curse, because it has reached the stage where the WRU, which is jokingly referred to as ‘the governing body’, is making it harder for its side to accomplish a feat that, in anyway, it is impossible for them.

“The pandemic dictates that the WRU is more desperate for money than ever and before Covid-19 it would invariably get bogged down in another international fall event. If you want to see four turn into three, just take a look at the recent Welsh timetables. Warren Gatland agreed, saying that exposure to top teams was vital and, well, as altruistic members of that ever-inclusive, laid-back international rugby fraternity, Wales should play against countries like Fiji, right?

“So the WRU would ignore the window and shift the blame to those money-bagged English brutes who refused to let our boys take their rightful place on the sacred lawn, blah blah. A public relations masterstroke, but pathetically transparent and now outrageously self-destructive.

“If Wales are to beat New Zealand again, it will be a moment many of us have waited for since the seeds of our obsession with the oval ball sprouted. Wales have beaten South Africa, Australia and, on occasion, Fiji. Kiwis are the scalp we crave. They shouldn’t be the first to occupy the unofficial space.

“It degrades the occasion, which is a real shame because it is difficult to quantify what it could mean for the country.”

England winger Chris Ashton, speaking on the weekly BBC Radio 5 Live Rugby Union podcast, was shocked by the WRU’s decision to play second-place New Zealand out of the window.

“Who is organizing to play against the best team in the world when you can’t have all your players free?

“Someone had a surprise there.”

England legend Jeremy Guscott said the sold-out crowd will be in attendance to see the All Blacks in action.

“My frustration with the game lessens when I watch the All Blacks play because it is a breath of fresh air,” Guscott said in a column for The Rugby Paper.

“It may be a transitional moment for teams two years before the World Cup, and it has to be said that while Wales can beat New Zealand, they probably won’t, even with a full house behind them.

“New Zealand may not be world champions, but they are consistently the best team in the world, and although Wales have a game in them like England did in the 2019 World Cup semi-final, there is no sign of it happening.

“It would be a miraculous result if Wales win, and that is why it is fair to say that the full house in Cardiff will go there to see New Zealand because of their brilliance, as well as to support their own team.”

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