I want to make a post about the Green Zone and our defeat against SA at the end of the last 4 four nations. For the All Blacks the green zone starts at about the 40 metre mark and continues to the opposition 22 before we enter the red zone. The defensive zone, to keep the colour scheme going, the blue zone, runs from the goal line to the green zone. Essentially if you give the ABs the ball in the green zone we will run it at you. If you give us the ball in the blue zone we will kick it back as deep as possible and hope that instead of you trying to kick it back as far as possible, that instead you do a garry owen that will land in our green zone for us to run. This tactic has been working like clockwork for the past 5 years. The ABs just play patient percentage rugby and prey upon the opposition not watching any video footage of us, which no one actually appears to do. But South Africa did last year. They had watched us and had a battle plan laid out for us. SA defined their green zone as starting at the 30 metre mark and they just didn't kick to us period. And when they did kick they often found touch. We didn't adjust well to these tactics and we lost. Many Kiwi Internet forumers noted that we were going to have to recalibrate our game plan for next time. Specifically by adjusting the definition of where our green zone starts. England's green zone starts 55 metres away from their goal line, based on the games I have seen. * Wales appears to start 65 metres away from their goal line as they are less enterprising than England and prefer to kick and chase as much as possible. France simply don't have a green zone. They are not built that way. They are, and forever will be, the brazil of world rugby. Kicking vs running is an intuitive decision for them that they make by gut feel. England actually appear to vary against different opposition and will run more against the ABs than NH opposition. Don't take me to task on that comment as I am extrapolating. How each team will define its green zone will be of much interest and will play a bearing on the world cup outcome and understanding and combatting how the other team uses its green zone will be even more important.