1. Is Waisake Naholo a genuine possibility? Naholo has been the best sports story of the year. Another Blues reject who washed up at the Highlanders and then made the All Blacks. His plot was thickened first by the unfortunate business of him signing then slithering out of a deal with French club Clermont and then breaking his leg on debut. But wait ... there's more - he headed off to Fiji for a miracle cure and is on track to be fit by the time the All Blacks play their third game at the World Cup.
A pessimistic Aucklander risks being branded the country's biggest traitor after betting $130,000 on the All Blacks to lose the Rugby World Cup.