Want some insight into two great All Blacks personalities?
Former All Blacks coach, Graham Henry, and scrum-half, Piri Weepu, are the subject of two books that are being released next month.
"After the All Blacks crashed out of the 2007 World Cup, humiliatingly at the quarter-final stage, Graham Henry thought his time as an international rugby coach was up. With his faithful coaching partners Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen, he would weather the storm and go on to make the All Blacks the most successful and entertaining team in the world, bringing absolute joy to the ‘stadium of four million’ when they claimed the Rugby World Cup in 2011, for which Graham would be knighted.
How they rebuilt the All Blacks, establishing a leadership group – the Magnificent Seven – developing the players’ mental strength and preparing for a Dan Carter ‘worst case scenario’ makes enthralling reading."
"Piri Weepu's story is one of the most fascinating New Zealand rugby stories ever told. Born into a strong rugby league family – Piri's brother Billy actually played for the Kiwis – Piri has risen to the very pinnacle of rugby union, while at the same time never losing his great love of the 13-man code.
This is more than a rugby story, though. This is a story of a little battler who has struggled with serious injury and fitness for a number of years, who has struggled to express himself because of an innate shyness, but who finally won over a nation on the greatest sporting stage."