I can tell you that the boys were actually pretty upset about Rachel Smalley’s newspaper column last week. I wouldn’t want to say that it put them off their game but we sat down after the loss to Australia and talked about where things went wrong and it’s fair to say that Rachel’s column was a factor.The boys were deeply divided in their response to the things Rachel was saying. Some agreed with her and others disagreed. Tension and conflict has its place – on the field. Not in the dressing room.
We’ve tried to thrash it out this week before the game kicks off on Saturday night. It’s not easy. What you have to realise is that some of the boys have very strong opinions about broadcasting issues. You can see that in their performance on the new Air New Zealand safety video.
There will be other things to blame if we don’t get a positive result at Saturday’s game but right now it’s important to acknowledge that Rachel is a very dangerous woman.