Alright lads, it's getting a bit sad now. We think about you quite a lot as well but we try to keep our distance and remain aloof, at least a little bit. There was the initial worry which manifested as cheap jibes at our team and the attempted denigration of some of our best players. Now there's the quite frankly desperate wooing of a lonely bachelor who hasn't been challenged in quite a while.
The All Blacks today listed the fact that they didn't play Ireland as one of the ten moments that made an impact during the 2014 New Zealand Rugby season.
Coming up! Ten moments that made an impact during the 2014 New Zealand Rugby season... #TeamAllBlacks pic.twitter.com/qFh9cNDivx
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) December 21, 2014
Moment nine: Eventually it was the clash that we all wanted to see in 2014, but didn't... @AllBlacks @IrishRugby pic.twitter.com/CrPjsr2XWM — All Blacks (@AllBlacks) December 21, 2014
@AllBlacks maybe next year! Well done on 2014. Hope to see you in England in 2015. #shouldertoshoulder
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) December 21, 2014
Also included in the ten moments are things such as celebrating five years at the top of the world rankings and South Africa's victory over the All Blacks in October. There was no mention of the November internationals at all so we can only assume a non-existent match against Ireland is more important than a win over England or Wales.
We're flattered New Zealand we really are, but be cool. And in all seriousness we know what you're doing. Trying to lull us into a false sense of security regarding our new found place among the upper echelons of world rugby. All the desperate tweets in the world won't work. There'll be no complacency here (hopefully).