Wednesday 22 November 2017

Kate Rowan: What the All Blacks did next ... any why they are human after all

WHAT do you do when you win the Rugby World Cup? How do you release the tension after ending a twenty-four year wait and months of collective anxiety in your homeland? Would it be difficult to come down off such a high?

Some such as Richie McCaw had to undergo treatment on injuries picked up in the quest for the Webb-Ellis Cup, while Dan Carter’s wedding this month was the subject of a women’s magazine exclusive. Others have been engaging in less conventional and more controversial activities as part of their World Cup win wind down.

During a month spent in the Land of the Long White Cloud during the World Cup, I spoke to countless Kiwis with differing degrees of rugby obsession and they seemed to be passionately “backing their boys in black”, nearly always commenting “most of them are just proper down-to-earth blokes.”

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