New Zealand crushed Japan 54-6 the last time they met, in Tokyo in November, and that situation is never likely to change unless the IRB's new development programme levels the playing field. Photo: EPA New Zealand crushed Japan 54-6 the last time they met, in Tokyo in November, and that situation is never likely to change unless the IRB's new development programme levels the playing field. Photo: EPA
New Zealand crushed Japan 54-6 the last time they met, in Tokyo in November, and that situation is never likely to change unless the IRB's new development programme levels the playing field. Photo: EPA
Alvin Sallay
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Boots and all by Alvin Sallay

Authorities might be wise to follow example set by round-ball game

New Zealand crushed Japan 54-6 the last time they met, in Tokyo in November, and that situation is never likely to change unless the IRB's new development programme levels the playing field. Photo: EPA New Zealand crushed Japan 54-6 the last time they met, in Tokyo in November, and that situation is never likely to change unless the IRB's new development programme levels the playing field. Photo: EPA
New Zealand crushed Japan 54-6 the last time they met, in Tokyo in November, and that situation is never likely to change unless the IRB's new development programme levels the playing field. Photo: EPA
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Alvin Sallay

Alvin Sallay

Alvin Sallay was a Sunday columnist with the paper for more than 10 years and reported on the Hong Kong sports scene for the last 25 years. Through his columns he covered four Olympic Games and one soccer World Cup. A long-time Asia expert, he has also been to seven consecutive Asian Games.