"No, I don't find the appointment of The Professor AND Sir Ted to assist me intimidating at all"
- Glenn Moore, Temporary Head Coach, NZ Women's Rugby Football Team
Poor bugger. Sending Wayne Smith and Graham Henry in to "assist" you. The article may as well say "it's like making you head of the mafia family in the movie and then the film company sends over 2 lowly bit part actors..... and you can't help but notice they seem to be Marlon Brando and Robert de Niro."He's quit.
The manager did not give Ngata-Aerengamate any reasons for her non-selection, enhancing the player’s sense that she was disposable. In the review panel’s words “she felt she had nothing to lose, and nowhere else to turn, but to go public with her concerns”.
There was a strong belief among some that the review had essentially been driven by an emotional public outburst of one disaffected player, whose views were not reflective of the team as a whole. This narrative was reinforced by several former players, who, whilst not directly critical of Ngata-Aerengamate, spoke in coded language in media interviews pointing to the brutal demands of high performance sport “not being for everyone”.
There was also disappointment from some about the way the 30-year-old had gone about expressing her views, and that Moore’s character had been unfairly publicly maligned without a chance to respond.
Good to see them confirmed. My understanding is that this will become an annual competition as part of the broader WXV set up. The top 3 teams will qualify for the WXV Div 1 alongside the top 3 teams from the W6N's.