IRANZ Insight: We Got Dicked.

Wallabies celebrating after convincing win over the All Blacks

I am a supporter of Hansen and co. They’re the real deal and have done a good job so far.  

The core roles of the Head Coach are to select the team and develop the strategy.   

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IRANZ Insight: Reid to play Blindside?

There is growing speculation that Kieran Reid will play at blindside against the Wallabies in Perth this Saturday.

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Lessons Learnt

The All Black selectors have learnt their lesson. A draw is not a loss for the All Blacks but for South Africa it’s a win away from home and with it will come self-belief. They will be even harder to beat in Yokohama. 

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IRANZ INSIGHT: The Bok are back

I eagerly await the naming of the All Black test team to play the Springbok.  It will be a strong indication of the ‘A’ Team who will carry the flag at the RWC.

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IRANZ Insight: The parallel of selection and success

Sir Graham Henry presented to the IRANZ High Performance Coaches group this week and made a remarkable statement:  60% of being successful as a coach is selection.

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IRANZ Insight: Hunger for Success

We’re going to have to be hungry for success,” Steve Hansen said, after announcing the squad. In my view this is the key attribute required to win the Rugby World Cup.  We have the players, we have the history, we have the technical and tactical skill and nous.  But we won’t win the Cup unless we have sufficient hunger! We often hear comments like “we need experience at this level.” This is true, but sometimes players with experience lack the hunger.  On the other hand they have the ability to apply themselves mentally – to live, think and play in the moment, without the mind being distracted in any way or form.  This is what we call mental toughness. Most experienced players have this attribute.  The hunger is desire – to be desperate to do as well as you possibly can.

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IRANZ Insight: A cracker of a game

It was an absolute cracker and the Crusaders totally deserved their win.  It might have been by the narrowest of margins, but they led all the way. 

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IRANZ Insight: How to create meaningful player and coach pathways

All Black and IRANZ Graduate Ardie Savea pictured playing for his local club

I guess with 20 years of player and coach development at IRANZ and half that total coaching at club level, from age grade to Premier, I am equipped to make the following statement.

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IRANZ Insight: 2019 All Black Lock Selection

Sam Whitelock

To win the Rugby World Cup, you need the ball – and the lock’s role of aerial possession is now far more significant to secure the ball for their team.

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IRANZ Insight: 2019 All Black Hooker Selection

Codie Taylor and TJ Perenara (middle) attended the Advanced Players Course in 2008. Seven years later in 2015, they played together once again – this time, for the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup

Three Hookers will be selected in the All Black Squad for the Rugby World Cup Squad this year.

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IRANZ Insight: 2019 All Black Flanker Selection

Ardie Savea (left) and Liam Squire (right) both attended the Advanced Players Course in 2009

It’s time we, the punters, started picking the All Black Squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be breaking down who I would select for the squad, and the reasons behind each selection.

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IRANZ Insight: Pecking order in World Rugby about to change

IRANZ Insight: Pecking Order about to change

Rugby 7’s is fast becoming the show piece of Rugby Union.

An Olympic sport, played on a global circuit in exotic locations such as Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton, Sydney, Los Vegas, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Paris.

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IRANZ Insight: Mental Toughness

Steph Gilmore

All successful players know how to manage their thoughts and emotions. It is an art which once understood, is easy to use and often makes the difference between success and failure.

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IRANZ Insight: Why Akira Ioane missed out on the All Blacks Northern Tour

Akira Ioane

Akira Ioane has incredible talent – not only to be an All Black, but a great one at that.

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IRANZ Insight: There’s no ‘one way’ to Coach

IRANZ Staff Coach Wayne Smith

One of the beautiful aspects of Rugby Coaching is that the strategies, tactics and patterns employed by the coach are seldom right or wrong.

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IRANZ Insight: The professional coach environment

All Black Coach Steve Hansen and NZ Rugby CEO Steve Tew

There are many complexities to coaching in a professional environment.

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The dream’s not over

All Black Karl Tu'inukuafe

The 2018 All Black season has brought it’s fair share of stories to date.

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IRANZ Insight: 2018 Freedom Cup

All Blacks win the 2018 Freedom Cup

World Rugby rankings won’t reflect the enormity of the 2018 Freedom Cup, but it is clear to me the Boks are once again one of the two best rugby teams in the world.

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IRANZ Insight: All Black Test positions on the line

Ireland vs. the All Blacks

Steve Hansen has named a beatable All Black team to play Argentina this weekend.

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IRANZ Insight: Rugby Intelligence

South Africa Coach Rassie Erasmus

The Springbok victory and masterplan was all about reduction of time and space.

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