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World Cupworthy Clues

27 October, 2015

In case you haven't twigged, I'm something of a rugby nut. Well, any football really - NRL, AFL, ETC. The grunt & dazzle help to leave language behind for an hour, to turn the white noise into white-line fever. Tragic, but word nerds need an off button.

So this coming weekend, spoiler alert, sees the final of the World Cup being played: the Wallabies vs All Blacks. And in the name of equity, I've listed the latest playing squads for both powerhouses. That's right - a riot of some 46 names to choose, seeing which players, from which mob, can produce the finest wordplay clue when the moment counts. 

Carn you gold men, and may be the best cluemonger win the sudden-death.


James Slipper, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu

Kane Douglas, Rob Simmons

Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, David Pocock

Will Genia, Bernard Foley

Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau, Tevita Kuridrani, Adam Ashley-Cooper

Israel Folau


Tatafu Polota-Nau, Toby Smith, Greg Holmes

Dean Mumm, Ben McCalman, Nick Phipps

Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale


Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Owen Franks

Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock

Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read

Aaron Smith, Dan Carter

Nehe Milner-Skudder, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea

Ben Smith


Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina

Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow

Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams

That's right - FOUR Smiths in one showdown. What are the odds, SportsBet? Have fun this week, and at witching hour on Sunday (if you're that way bent).

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