Saturday 16 December 2017

Peter Bills: All Blacks’ high priest must deliver Holy Grail

Peter Bills

The grim, lugubrious features writ large upon his face condemn him in the eyes of most observers. After all, wasn't the familiar mask firmly in place at Murrayfield last Saturday evening, even when his New Zealand side was cantering to a 49-3 massacre of the Scots?

For sure, that was one side of Graham Henry. But make no mistake, there is another. True, it sometimes struggles to get past the serious, set expression. But it's there, no question of that. And it is forged upon a delightful dry sense of humour that lightens any conversation.

But if the Soviet-style face-set in-stone-expression tends to be on public display more often than not, then that is hardly surprising.

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