On Monday 23 October, the All Black Coaches named an extended 37-man squad for their annual end of year tour.
Included in that squad were 4 uncapped players – which doesn't necessarily come as a surprise. Historically, the All Blacks have often blooded new players on their Northern tours... so what's all the fuss about?
One has never played Super Rugby. One has endured a string of injury setbacks in recent years; the others are fast approaching their 30's.
It is the selection of these particular players that has a very real message for any budding rugby players.
IRANZ are pleased to announce former All Black turned-coach Jon Preston will facilitate the upcoming Club Development Courses alongside fellow former All Black and IRANZ Staff Coach Mike Brewer.
The Wallabies started with a ‘rush’ defence, hoping to force mistakes, and pick up an early intercept like they did in the first Bledisloe. It worked and they led from the start.
For players and coaches at club level looking to take the next step with their rugby, being selected for representative honours can be a hard nut to crack.