It is worth reading Graham Henry's biography on the situation when he took over the All Blacks. They finished last in the Tri nations, had binge drinking, the players preferred playing for their provinces and there were key personalities who ran the culture. Henry, Smith, Hanson and Lahore had a big culture change program and took strong positions with some players who led the old culture.Yep, Rugby Players in NZ really take the Black Jumper and the honour and traditions associated with it pretty seriously.
It is never owned by anyone, just loaned to a player on a very temporary basis.
Too much entitlement in Australia, founded by a fear that player X will be off overseas or will sign with Mungo.
Let them go I say. Plenty of other young'uns who will bleed Gold to take their place.
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