Adversity is the training ground of champions
All Black Coach, Steve Hansen believes that the Boks will be dangerous in Albany this weekend. He’s right .
But, is it because the Boks have a new found ”playing culture ’’- or is it because the All Blacks are erroneously dissipating their very own ”playing culture” ?
There can be little doubting that the All Blacks, who have often been described as ‘the best sporting team in world ‘’, are missing the exemplary leadership of a certain Richie McCaw.
The All Blacks have not been on top of their game of late , and things are beginning to open up for teams hungry to exploit the opportunity gap – as saw with the recent British & Irish Lions tour.
Even before the Aaron Smith incident , All Black rugby was accused of covering up a multitude of incidents – incidents that simply had no place under Richie’s famed : ‘no d***heads’ policy amongst the squad.
P.D.N.L – Pricks do not last – was the All Black mantra under Richie McCaw
A potent culture that took the All Blacks to two consecutive World Cup victories, but it’s now eighteen months since Richie McCaw retired.
And , wow how things are a changing :
- Aaron Smith’s case is being re- investigated amidst claims of pressure to sign false affidavits.
- Luke Romano suddenly leaves the end of year tour under a dark cloud – and only returns six months later to the All Black squad. Any guesses why ?
- Sonny Bill Williams becomes the first All Black since Colin Meads to be sent off
- Jerome Kaino is sent home to deal with moral issues – having conducted an extra marital affair – while on tour with the All Blacks.
- And other yet undisclosed incidents
We certainly understand that our game and our players are under public scrutiny and these latest stories are concerning: NZR chief executive, Steve Tew
That’s all fine, when it’s just one isolated incident , but these incidents are coming fast and furious .
There is some kind of trouble in the camp.
Their own internal ‘HONOUR CODE” has been dealt some hefty internal blows.
And a few questions must be asked of their management – and their players.
If you lose money for the firm I will be understanding. If you lose reputation I will be ruthless. Warren Buffet
Can the Boks – who are no strangers to adversity – take advantage ?
Or will the All Blacks simply step up another gear – and show us that adversity is merely the training ground of champions.
The Boks coud then be on the receiving end of a untimely backlash from the World Champions ?
Interesting times .Let’s see which way it goes .
GO BOKKE GO
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