OPINION: I was going to write about the All Whites, and the antics of the Peruvians in upsetting them and coach Anthony Hudson so much they were unable to play their best in Lima, and so crashed out of the World Cup. I wanted to award a red card against Hudson for psychologically diving every time a Peruvian air force jet roared overhead, or a fireworks display, traffic jam or flight delay poked a foot in his general direction. But it was noisy in Karori last night.
Stuff requested an interview with New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew this week as part of a larger look at the challenges facing the game in this country. The request was declined via NZR's communications department, with an explanation that they did not feel the timing was right for him to conduct such an interview. NZR offered to provide us with generic answers to emailed questions. We declined this opportunity.
This column first appeared in the email newsletter, No Mouthguard: Honestnorks. Subscribe and get it delivered on Thursday afternoons. OPINION: So All Blacks aren't role models? Really? I'm baffled by this belief. I've just stocked my pantry full of Gatorade, emptied the wallet buying the Richie McCaw book and seeing his movie, forked out more than $100 on a replica All Blacks jersey, and hogged down four Weetbix while applying Rexona to my armpits. Why did I do this? Because the All Blacks told me to.
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