My earliest memories of rugby are sitting in the old Thomond Park. I wouldn't be in the stand; I'd be on the pitch with my back to the old cement wall that acted as a partition, tipping sherbet straws into my mouth while watching games. I remember my best friend's dad would bring us, and … Continue reading Rivalry and Respect
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often". This phrase encapsulates a mantra all teams live by. Just like Tiger Woods changing his swing when he was World Number 1, a team at their peak must change their game in order to stay on top. The Heineken Cup ended three seasons … Continue reading Champions Cup: En Route to Perfection
In Dunedin, June 19th, 2010, New Zealand played against Wales. The All Black players and coaches went through their pre-game rituals: walks, naps, conversations, visualisations. They received their jerseys, and thought about what it meant to them. One word comes to mind: everything. Kick-off time finally arrived. They absolutely hammer them. Dan Carter scores 27 … Continue reading Coaching Like The Best
Looking back at New Zealand v Wales, Australia v England, and South Africa v Ireland, The Loose Head takes a quick look at what we learned: 1. Wales can turn it on when they want. When the Welsh boys kept ball in hand, the All Blacks found it hard to live with them for an … Continue reading What Did We Learn?
"Pain is temporary". A phrase a lot of young people are told when they first start playing rugby. It's one of those old clichés, up there with "the bigger they are, the harder they fall". A lie, in other words. The bigger they are, the more painful they are to tackle. Nor is pain temporary. … Continue reading Pain Is Temporary, Or So We’re Told
"Le trí shéasúr anuas, tá Pat Lam ag cruthú stíl imeartha nua sa gcúige, stíl ionsaithe nach bhfuil foireann eile sa sraith ag imirt".
With New Zealand captain McCaw retiring at the end of the last RWC, it left a void in terms of who would lead the team the following season. Hansen has put all speculation to bed, stating that Kieran Read will now lead the All Blacks from the number 8 position. "Reado's had experience already as … Continue reading Hansen appoints new All Blacks captain