“When I arrived at the Chiefs, and from there making the All Blacks, those first five or six years were pretty full-on – I played a lot of rugby,” Retallick previously told RugbyPass. The two tight forwards are the primary enforcers within the All Blacks set-up. ‘Mongrel’ is perhaps the perfect word to describe the way Coles and Retallick play their rugby. “That’s just the way I’ve always played and sometimes it gets me in trouble and sometimes it doesn’t. The old adage goes that better men make better All Blacks – but sometimes what you really need is just a bit of a bastard.
Three years later, he was part of the squad that lifted a first World Cup since 1987. I gave a lot of sports a go and I wouldn’t have been the rugby player I am without the mixed-sports upbringing. Every rugby player has a different job whether it’s a lock, half-back or full-back. “We played at Panasonic which was based in Ota-Gunma district after the Japan World Cup. What I do know after watching the women’s World Cup is I’m not a very good spectator.27 days ago RugbyPass
We actually cut the interview short when he started to shiver – yet it isn’t just the weather that marks the Ireland full-back out as a cool customer. Hugo Keenan was barefoot, still kitted out in his Ireland jersey, the Dunedin winter biting into his bones. There’s no point in settling for something when you know there’s more in you.”The world’s most in-form full-back never has. James Ryan was on that 20s team, Andrew Porter, too, as well as Jacob Stockdale, Will Connors, Max Deegan. “There was so much talent but so little ego,” says O’Brien, his Leinster team mate and neighbour.1 month ago RugbyPass