NZR Policy Changes To Impact All Blacks

A policy change in rugby rules might harm the All Blacks. For instance, Beauden Barrett could be easily lured to other countries by being offered big money if the eligibility rules change. The decision that is coming as a disadvantage to the All Blacks team is the decision to provide the status of All Blacks to other national teams as well. This would inflict much damage to the great sporting brand that All Blacks has obtained of late.

The next change that the Rugby Union of New Zealand is planning on is to change the stance that they had on eligibility criteria. They would pick players who are based offshore. However, this decision would also harm the brand and advantage that the All Blacks enjoy. The brand hauls in about $250 million in a year and that would be halved or even more. Hence, in a time tenure of 10 to 15 years other country teams like Argentina, Georgia and Scotland would have equal or more brand value than the All Blacks.
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The Lions did something incredible in the course of their clash with the All Blacks; they unravelled the aura around their opponents. Going into any game against the New Zealand side, there is this psychological barrier for sides in the northern hemisphere. The series tie should be a reference point for other sides, according to England World cup winning coach Clive Woodward.

The coach said the ‘genie is out of the bottle’ with regards to how things ended in the Lions Tour. Woodward was the head coach when England faced the New Zealand side in 2005. They suffered a 3-0 loss as the All Blacks side were unbeatable. Read More

New Zealand should not fear anyone

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has stated that his team should learn to become competitive and not to fear anyone.

He said that his team can now beat any team in the world and that they should believe this when they come on the pitch.

Anthony Hudson said for so long New Zealand has been considered as an outsider, but he believes that things should change now. He said that New Zealand players should ditch the mentality of being an inferior footballing nation and believe that they can compete with the best teams in the world.

New Zealand will be facing Fiji in their next game which will count for the World Cup qualifiers in Russia. However, Hudson said that he is focusing more on the Confederations Cup where New Zealand will be playing against the likes of Russia, Portugal, and Mexico. Hudson said that his team will be going there to win the competition and that they do not fear anyone. Read More