For some of the All Blacks – including Dan Carter and Richie McCaw – the answer was: let’s find a strip club.
Members of the victorious team were photographed emerging blear-eyed and worse for wear from the back door of Platinum Lace strip club.
The All Blacks have become the first nation to defend their World Cup title by beating Australia in another tense and agonisingly close final.
They did it not by running away with the game like they threatened to do just after halftime when Ma’a Nonu scored his stunning try from 40m out.
No – they had to dig extremely deep in the end – just as they suspected they would, against a Wallabies team that refused to give up.
A country of just four million is home to arguably the most dominant team in sport. But how do the All Blacks remain at the pinnacle more than 100 years after the ‘Originals’ established their supremacy?
New Zealand had not won a World Cup since 1987 – that barren streak all the more extraordinary given they have always been so good. In 112 years of playing rugby New Zealand’s winning percentage is 78. In 20 years since the sport turned professional that figure has risen to 84. As world champions the All Blacks have become even better.In 2013 an English journalist wandered into New Zealand’s team room and saw the phrase “we are the most dominant team in the history of the world” written on a whiteboard. It’s not far wrong. In the four years since the last World Cup the All Blacks’ winning percentage has risen to 93. Count the defeats on one hand and you will have two digits spare.
In the same period there have twice been two new moons in the space of a single month.
The All Blacks really do lose once in a blue moon.