Rugby World Cup 2023 Final: New Zealand's 'Easy Company' Takes on South Africa's 'Bomb Squad' - A Clash of Titans

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Rugby World Cup 2023 Final: New Zealand’s ‘Easy Company’ Takes on South Africa’s ‘Bomb Squad’ – A Clash of Titans

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In the upcoming Rugby World Cup final, All Blacks flanker Dalton Papali’i has stressed the need for unwavering commitment as they prepare to face South Africa and their formidable ‘Bomb Squad’ of bench players. The Springboks demonstrated the impact of their bench strength, affectionately known as the ‘Bomb Squad,’ in their semi-final against England, where they managed to overturn a precarious situation and secure a 16-15 victory.

Papali’i acknowledges the reputation of the South African bench and their ability to change the course of the game, but he is quick to point out that the All Blacks have their own equivalent in what he calls the ‘Easy Company.’ The Bomb Squad’s ability to enter the match and make game-changing contributions is well-documented, and Papali’i is under no illusions about the challenge they pose.

He emphasizes the need for every player on their bench to be mentally prepared and ready to make a significant impact when called upon. Papali’i, at the age of 26, has himself stepped in as a replacement for All Blacks captain Sam Cane in the knockout stages, making valuable contributions in the wins over Ireland and Argentina.

In an interesting anecdote, Papali’i shares that he and some of his teammates have been watching the television series “Band of Brothers,” which chronicles the World War Two activities of the US Army’s ‘Easy Company.’ Drawing inspiration from this, Papali’i made a lighthearted comment, suggesting that if South Africa has their ‘Bomb Squad,’ then the All Blacks can consider themselves the ‘Easy Company.’ Their aim is to complete the mission and face the challenges head-on in the forthcoming final.

With determination and a sense of camaraderie, the All Blacks are gearing up for a formidable showdown in the trenches of the Rugby World Cup final.

Reference:

https://www.fijivillage.com/sports/Rugby-World-Cup-2023-final-Dalton-Papalii-on-New-Zealands-Easy-Company-facing-South-Africas-Bomb-Squad-x85fr4/

www.planetrugby.com/news/dalton-papalii-reveals-nickname-for-all-blacks-bench-to-rival-boks-bomb-squad

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