The jersey : the secrets behind the world's most successful sports team /I whakaputaina e : MacMillan Ngā tapitopito ōkiko: xiv, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ISBN:9781509856688.
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All Blacks. (Cover)
Exclusive contributions from 50 rugby greats including Richie McCaw, Steve Hansen, Beauden Barrett. (Cover)
Contents: The pioneers' DNA -- War years : the ultimate sacrifice -- Schools : where it all begins -- A fortunate lifestyle -- The haka : an expression of identity -- Importance of the Polynesians -- Winning! -- At all costs -- Resurrection -- The style of New Zealand rugby -- Clubs : a time for change -- Women in rugby -- The business of rugby -- The witch doctor -- Coaches : the wise men -- The jersey.
Summary: New Zealand rugby is a dynasty that transcends all national barriers. As a culture and a model of humility and consistent success, which have led them to three Rugby World Cups, the world of rugby continues to look to the New Zealand model for guidance. Traditionally, the renowned All Blacks and those charged with guiding them have kept their rules of engagement close to their chests. However now, New Zealand Rugby has agreed to open their doors to rugby writer Peter Bills to consider the reasons behind their dominance of the world game in the build-up towards the Lions Series in 2017 and Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. Through this book, Peter Bills draws on case studies and interviews of officials, coaches and players, as well as people involved in all elements of rugby right across New Zealand. The Jersey tells an extraordinary story with unprecedented access and insight, and explores the basic requirements and immense challenges required not only to become number one in the world, but remain consistently at the top.