Are England as Good as the All Blacks?

Are England as Good as the All Blacks?

Are England as good as the All Blacks? A year ago you’d have been locked up for asking the question, but after 14 straight wins we’ve finally plucked up the courage to ask. After Australia dumped England out of their own World Cup at the pool stage, obituaries were being written, Stuart Lancaster was out of work and the future looked bleak. Fast forward 14 months and England have followed up their Six Nations Grand Slam with a clean sweep in the Autumn Internationals – culminating in their fourth win on the trot against the Wallabies. And, whisper it softly, but New Zealand’s 40-29 defeat to Ireland in Chicago might just mean they are human after all. So we’ve got to ask: are England as good as the All Blacks? First things first: how have New Zealand done in 2016? Any side would struggle to cope with the retirements of Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Dan Carter and Keven Mealamu. Any side except New Zealand, it would seem. The All Black vintage of 2016 coasted through the Rugby Championship, with six wins out of six – opening up with an 8-42 mauling of Australia in Sydney and ending with a stunning 15-57 win in Durban. That shock in Chicago was the only blot on the copybook since an all-conquering New Zealand lifted the World Cup. So who are the danger men – and how do England compare? Are England as good as the All Blacks? Leadership Eddie Jones has worked wonders with this England group and has yet to taste defeat while in charge of his adopted country....
Travel Counsellors Conference

Travel Counsellors Conference

BAC Sport recently attended the annual Travel Counsellors conference up in Manchester. This was the first time we’ve been, and I can honestly say we weren’t disappointed. What is the Travel Counsellors conference? The three-day event brings suppliers and agents together to discuss everything from what’s working well to areas of improvement, company highlights and new developments – and, of course, reward some outstanding individual achievements. Combined with some fantastic entertainment, this really was a weekend to enjoy. Partner presentation After arriving and setting up our stand for the Pow Wow we were invited to attend the partner presentation. It was really interesting to get an insight from Travel Counsellors head office on the last year’s business, and also the future marketing developments that are soon to be implemented. It was exciting to see what marketing opportunities we can get involved with, and how we can collectively target Travel Counsellors clients. Evening dinner After arriving for the drinks reception looking like drowned rats (good old Manchester weather) we dried off and enjoyed chatting to Travel Counsellors and suppliers. Having not noticed the slow movement of people towards the dinner hall we were taken aback at the sudden rush of people flocking through the doors as they opened. This was a massive surprise – the evening reception was decorated like a fairground, carousel and all. A voice came from the back of the room, and there was the host for the weekend – Vernon Kay. After a full-on evening of entertainment and a chance to make first introductions to the Travel Counsellors agents, the conference got underway. Conference sessions One of the...