All Black Flyhalf Dan Carter more

My great friend Mike Greenaway who is a top rugby writer, he wrote John Smits best selling book in Dec 2009 sent me his newspaper piece from Durban and I thought I would share it with you.

All Black flyhalf Dan Carter says lessons were learned from his team’s disappointing 2007 Rugby World Cup campaign and things will be different in the build-up to the 2011 event in his home country.

Speaking at a press conference in Durban yesterday to mark his appointment as Jockey underware’s South African poster boy (he has been doing the same job in New Zealand for six years) the likeable and affable Carter said the Kiwis were opting for a low-key approach after having failed for five RWC campaigns in a row, despite being favourites for every one of them.

“We are pulling back a bit this year,” Carter said. “Ahead of France 2007, we began our build-up three years before the event and I can assure you that a year out, as we are now, I very much knew we were a year out, but this time I have to remind myself of the fact.”

Carter said this was a deliberate policy.

“The hype is already building back home and there are renovations going on all around our country to get our infrastructure ready. Already we can see the excitement and pressure is going be immense, and we need to try and not get caught up in the growing hype as far as possible. Yes, we understand that it is part of the territory of hosting a World Cup, and we will embrace it and deal with it, but we also need to try and keep perspective.”

Regarding a rather more imminent World Cup, that of the round ball variety, Cater said that sports mad New Zealand was ‘hugely excited’ that their country would be involved in the FIFA event.

“It is hard to see a bigger event in world sport than the soccer World Cup,” he said. “It is a fantastic occasion for South Africa and to have the world’s best players in one place at the same time is mind-blowing, and for us Kiwis it is a massive excitement to have our ‘mighty’ All Whites involved for the first time in 28 years. Not many people will have heard of them,” Carter said in typical Kiwi self-deprecatory fashion, “but I can assure you there was a lot of emotion when they beat Borain to qualify.”

Back onto rugby, Carter said that he anticipated an exciting Tri-Nations because of the law focus of the preceding Super 14

“The first rounds of the Super 14 saw some adjusting from the players because the referees were very harsh in what they wanted, but it it has settled down now and we are seeing some excellent attacking rugby. Last year’s Tri-Nations saw a lot of ping-pong but I think that will give way to the positive, try-scoring rugby we have ultimately seen in the Super 14.”

Carter admitted that he was wary of the challenge the Wallabies will pose because of the form of their teams.

“The Aussies sides have adapted well to the laws and are playing some fantastic attacking rugby. In New Zealand we thought we thought the new law focus would favour us but some of our sides have not adjusted as well as we would have liked. The Bulls and Stormers are flourishing too, but when it comes to the All Blacks in the Tri-Nations, we are confident that we will hit the ground running.”

Now if the Crusaders hit the ground running at Newlands on Friday and give the Stormers a go ..would that not be glorious.. I call it Crusaders 20 – Stormers 15 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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