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RuggaMatrix International 033 – Rocky Mountain High

World heavyweights Australia and New Zealand clash this weekend to open the 2009 Tri Nations.

Former Wallaby and Munster man … now Wallaby assistant coach … Jim Williams … joins the panel just before jumping on the plane to Auckland.

Williams says there’s an edge to this match which surely means we’re in for an epic start to the Bledisloe Cup. He also reflects on his days at Munster as a player and coach.

We also head north to the United States and Canada to check out the RWC qualifiers between the North American neighbours. Bruce McLane talks about the disappointment of US performance in game two after winning game one.

Canadian head coach Kieran Crowley takes our call while driving through the Rocky Mountains.

A highly respected coach, Crowley gives us a full and frank assessment of Canadian rugby and also adds some thoughts on the Bledisloe Cup.

Our in-depth analysis subject this week is WEATHER.

As the Wallabies head to a wet and windy Auckland we ask the question to our coaching panel, how does the weather impact you? We cover some real examples where teams have lost due to their tactics in poor weather. How much indoor training should a team do during the week? Do you travel early to a country with different weather or climate? It’s another important issue that coaches have to deal with as they prepare for match day.

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