Flockwitt wrote: ↑Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:10 am
Yeh well that attitude is all well and good when the ABs are winning. Start losing and that ethos will need a reality check. I rather think the AB supporter base has been spoiled by having a bunch of best or near best in the world players in every position and on the bench. That privilege may not last.
Ability-wise, I still think NZ has the best raw talent in the world. Doing the basics is a given as an All Black, so the point of difference for every NZ player, is what do you add beyond the core skills... what do you bring to the jersey?
Whether this manifests itself in performance depends on the coaches. Look at the Crusaders, their players individually aren't any superior to the other franchises, but as a collective Razor, has harnessed better than anyone, Kiwi magic allied to ruthless efficiency. I'm a Blues fan and I suspect if Scott Robertson was the Blues coach he could make them at least as good as the Crusaders.
That's the All Black way, making a team better than the sum of it's parts. How? By extracting that point of difference out of every player.. whether it's flair, rugby nous, or x-factor... NZ just has to have the right coaches in charge, ...then I believe they can continue to have world class players giving world class performances...
NZ doesn't have the best win/loss record of any national rugby team by accident... but you are right, it is a privilege... but I think Kiwis understand that and treasure it. And that is a big part of why the All Blacks are so special.
I'm English by birth, but spent a lot of my youth living in both NZ and the UK... so I have a sort of outsiders as well as insiders perspective....