NZ Rugby World

NZ Rugby World December - January 2019 - 20

New Zealand Rugby World is the premier authority on our national game; with sharp analysis and irreverent humour the two key components. In both style and content the writing is award winning and provides an unparalleled depth of insight into the people who play the game and the issues that matter to the fans. The cast of contributors is world class as is the photography and lay-out. Pick this magazine up and you won't want to put it down - rugby has never been so much fun.

New Zealand
Langhills Publishing Ltd
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6 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
editor’s letter

IT’S NOT GOING TO BE EASY for the next All Blacks coach to replicate the success enjoyed by Steve Hansen. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but we have to be realistic and say that the last eight years have been the exception not the norm. The All Blacks can’t expect to keep winning at the rate they did under Hansen. They played 107 tests on his watch and only lost 10. That’s ridiculous. That’s something to stop and take a minute to think about. If everyone can agree that the hardest thing in elite sport is to continually back up quality performances with quality performances then it should put the last eight years into perspective. No other international team has come remotely close to delivering the way the All Blacks have. South Africa…

1 min.
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6 min.
end of an era

When the All Blacks gathered to collect their bronze medals at Tokyo Stadium after defeating Wales 40-17, there was quite definitely an overwhelming sense of it being the end of an era. Not only was Steve Hansen, a coach with 16 years association with the team leaving, so too were captain Kieran Read and other long servers such as Sonny Bill Williams, Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty and Matt Todd. Obviously, the bronze medal match was not where they had all wanted things to end. The dream was to end things at Yokohama Stadium the following night, crowned world champions for a third successive time. This was a team that had set itself big goals during Hansen's tenure and typically the higher they reached, the better they played. But it wasn't to be in Japan.…

2 min.
best hansen quotes

“There has been a great relationship between the two countries for a long, long time and, apart from the Rainbow Warrior, we’ve probably been on the same page most of the time.”- Speaking ahead of New Zealand's 2015 World Cup quarter-final against France“Why don't you give me a shotgun and tell me to shoot myself? All I know is that the game is extremely difficult to ref. They're going to miss some things and they'll make mistakes, just as I do as coach, and as the players do, but if they are consistent then nobody has any complaints.”- Responding to a question about whether he was confident referees would do their job well at the 2015 World Cup“If you can't change the man, change the man.”“You can't do a lot…

3 min.
saying goodbye to great

Sonny Bill Williams Career: 2010-2019 Caps: 58 Signed off with two World Cups and the respect and admiration of a much wider section of the New Zealand public than when he first played. In truth, Williams never quite fulfilled his rugby potential. He had great games and great moments, but injury and code hopping meant he never delivered the consistent brilliance of Ma'a Nonu. Williams will be remembered, though, as a supremely good defender and the man who inspired a generation of new players to back their offloading skills and pass the ball out of trouble. He said before his final All Blacks appearance: “It's funny – I remember going on in one of the big games and on the microphone was 'whatever you do, don't offload', whereas now they even have slang words for it,…

13 min.
saying sayonara

Everyone who has ever coached an international team presumably has a vision that they will ride off into the sunset with the World Cup clutched under their arm and the masses waving them a heroic goodbye. It's the perfect way to end an international coaching tenure. A World Cup victory leaves a sense of everything being right. A World Cup title can add an incredible glow to any coaching reign no matter what happened in the preceding years. Not that Graham Henry needed a fairytale ending as such but when he got his in 2011, the final act of an eight-year stint that was mostly good but with one memorably bad period, he was offered a knighthood and a place in the national psyche as a favourite old uncle. Steve Hansen wanted the same ending…