Topic: Rugby

ABs coach trusts players despite no rules in place

By Ripeka Timutimu

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has come out saying there will be no rules around drinking or going out during the Rugby World Cup (RWC), instead he trusts his players to do the right thing.

They've unloaded the unwanted players, and the selected players that will carry the hopes of a nation on their shoulders.

Hansen says, “For a player, being an All Black is the pinnacle, going to a World Cup is the pinnacle for an All Black.”

So for newbies to the team, like Nehe Milner-Skudder, the older players are often looked upon to offer guidance to handle the pressure.

“We have a leadership group and some of the management will go through the expectations with those players,” says Hansen.

The Warriors came under fire today as players Konrad Hurrell, Manu Vatuvei and Dominque Peyroux were filmed out at a Ginuwine concert two days before being thrashed by the Tigers by 50 points.  Hansen says the All Blacks are trusted to do the right thing.

“We don't have rules, we just have an All Black way of living and we expect them to live like that.”

But who could forget the 2011 debacle when Piri Weepu saved the day after his team mates Cory Jane and Israel Dagg went on a drinking binge.  Brodie Retallick says each player has to man up.

Tomorrow the squad will be visiting small towns throughout New Zealand, to get up close and personal with their supporters for the World Cup.