Its another year and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are once again tying their fate to quarterback Buck Pierce. Pierce has been the Bombers starting QB the past three seasons, but has played far less than 54 regular season games across that span; the 31-year-old has made 28 appearances in his three seasons in Winnipeg. Theres no doubt if Pierce is healthy the Bombers are a better team - even a contender. But that is likely the biggest ‘if in the entire league. Pierces reckless style of play makes him even more of a target than most quarterbacks. Hes missed time with injuries to his knee, elbow, and head during his Bombers tenure. For his part, the New Mexico State product said hes feeling healthy and strong heading into the season. Pierce said he knows his health is a hot topic for fans and media, but its not something he is fixated on. Hes also lost 25 pounds this off-season in an attempt to be more agile in the pocket. Head coach Tim Burke and the rest of the Bombers organization have also stated their faith in the veteran QB, and the team made no moves to add any CFL experience to their backup ranks in the off-season, instead eschewing the only two backups on their roster – Alex Brink and Joey Elliott – to have started multiple games in the league. Behind Pierce, the Bombers have just Justin Goltz - he of 14 career CFL passing attempts - and rookie Max Hall on the depth chart. Its no coincidence the Bombers East Division-winning 2011 was also Pierces healthiest year in Winnipeg, but the other two years of the Pierce era resulted in a combined 10 wins. Is Pierce too much of an injury risk at this point in his career to consider Winnipeg a legitimate contender in 2013, or can he recapture the magic – and health – of his 2011 season? The Rouge asks: What do you expect from Buck Pierce in Winnipeg this season? Youve heard what weve had to say; now its your turn. As always, its Your! Call. 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The Cincinnati Reds remain perfect with their speedy rookie outfielder in the starting lineup.New Zealand were punished for showing a lack of respect to Ireland when they lost in Chicago and could be in for another shock in Saturdays rematch, according to former Lions wing Luke Fitzgerald. Joe Schmidts side delivered one of rugbys biggest shocks of the year by winning 40-29 on November 5 to end the All Blacks 18-game winning run and become the first team since South Africa in 2004 to score 40 points against them.Fitzgerald, who retired from rugby earlier this year after winning 34 caps for Ireland and one for the British and Irish Lions, said Steve Hansens world champions would be a tougher proposition on Saturday as Ireland bid to become the first side to post back-to-back victories against them since South Africa in 2009. Ireland vs New Zealand November 19, 2016, 5:00pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Do I think we can beat New Zealand again? I absolutely do, said Fitzgerald. Its a really uphill task, theyll be really hurting after that defeat in Chicago.I think they showed a little bit of arrogance there and lack of respect with some of their selections.I think theyll be really, really pumped up for this one. Id say theyll do a little bit more research behind the scenes on us. Id say they were a little bit under-cooked in that department and, from my own perspective, some of the selection mistakes that they made they wont make them again. Liam Neeson narrates Irelands 2023 Rugby World Cup bid promo.dddddddddddd Watch it here... Credit: Irish Rugby New Zealand bounced back from the loss by making 12 changes to score 10 tries in a 68-10 win over Italy last Saturday, while Ireland also played free-flowing rugby to beat Canada 52-21.The All Blacks are hoping influential second row Sam Whitelock is fit to return after injury, allowing them to move Jerome Kaino back to flanker. 6 months half price Upgrade to Sky Sports to watch Man Utd v Arsenal on Saturday and get the first six months half price Ireland ruthlessly exploited that scrum weakness in Chicago and Fitzgerald expects a similar gameplan on Saturday.The things we did well, we can definitely do again, he said. I think the pressure we got on all around the park, the desire we showed... I think in front of a packed Aviva Stadium we can definitely do that again.Irelands standout player in Chicago, scrum-half Conor Murray, has recovered from a muscle injury and is fit to play.Watch Ireland v New Zealand live on Sky Sports 2 HD on Saturday from 4.45pm. Catch the match for £6.99 with a NOW TV pass. No contract. Also See: Ireland launches World Cup bid Payne: Henshaw has star quality Toner: All Blacks are rattled Rugby on Sky ' ' '