All Black domination 'boring'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:58
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Two former international coaches have come out with diametrically opposed views to the All Blacks' last test victory - and one of them used to be in charge of the world champions.

Graham Henry, quoted at an event in Dubai, said that rugby "doesn't need one team that's unbeatable, because that's boring."

"There's no point having one team much better than everybody else because that doesn't create interest. When you're not coaching you want a competition and when you're coaching, you don't." he said.

Henry also heaped praise on his former team, saying "What the All Blacks have done is been initiators in change, they're inventive.Their ability to take advantage of opportunities is probably their X factor. And once they see the opportunity, they execute it."

Meanwhile, Henry's former arch rival Sir Clive Woodward has heaped praise on the All Blacks and Springboks' attacking intent in his Daily Mail column.

Calling the 25-24 All Black win a ‘fantastic game', Woodward lauded the "refusal of either side to kick the ball dead after the klaxon went for half-time. Both teams were ultra positive and wanted to play and entertain."

Contrary to Henry's assertions, Woodward claimed that the match "showcased the best the Rugby Championship has to offer. Contrary to what the critics say, this tournament is not moving in the wrong direction."

Source: RugbyPass

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