NZ Rugby World
That vision came to fruition with the famous victory in the 2007 Super Rugby final. How do you reflect on that success?
What was strange in that year – and I didn't get into this too much in the book – but I said to them that they must train twice at Christmas and twice at New Year because other teams are not going to train like that, and that's going to be the difference between winning and losing. And then we scored that try in the last minutes of the final.
People say it’s luck but we had numerous exercises where I would say ‘hold the ball’ and they had to keep the ball for five minutes. If they made a mistake, they had to go back to the poles and start all over again.
It wasn’t by chance; we’d trained for it,
and that's the difference in coaching an international side and a club side: you’ve got time with a club side but not as much with an international side.
I think if a group of people have the same vision – that we want to be the best in the world, work very well together and have very good leadership – anything is possible.