This may well be the golden period of 140 years of rugby played in NZ.

The Rugby Championship is clearly the best rugby competition in the world. Could England or Ireland handle this level of physicality, skilful continuity and speed from one end of the field to the other? No. They couldn’t.

We all have our opinions when the AB team is announced; but mostly we are ill-informed as to who and why. The coaches and selectors have designed their Game Plan and picked the best players to execute it. But we don't know what the strategy is or how SBW fits into this plan.

In rugby, the red card needs to penalise the perpetrator, not the teams, coaches, spectators, and TV viewers.

Ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby Final, listen to IRANZ Managing Director Murray Mexted's thoughts following the Lions' semi-final against the Hurricanes.

"These courses exemplify why New Zealand are the world leaders in rugby"
"These courses exemplify why New Zealand are the world leaders in rugby" – Graham Henry, Former All Black Coach
"IRANZ exposes players and coaches to what's expected at a professional level"
"IRANZ exposes players and coaches to what's expected at a professional level" – Steve Hansen, All Blacks Head Coach