Broth­ers gonna work


ALL Black Beau­den Bar­rett knows which of the three broth­ers who donned the black jersey this week­end is the most com­pet­i­tive.

‘‘Jordie prob­a­bly, be­ing the youngest, try­ing to keep up with all the big boys,’’ Beau­den says. ‘‘There were many times he’d be steam­ing in with a cricket ball and cry­ing at the same time, try­ing to get us out.’’

But new re­search from Boise State Univer­sity and San Fran­cisco State Univer­sity re­veals that sib­ling ri­valry might not nec­es­sar­ily be a good thing for a team.

Of course that didn’t mat­ter last night, as the Bar­rett and White­lock broth­ers con­founded the sci­en­tists and statis­ti­cians by run­ning up an­other All Black vic­tory against the French.

But in case coaches like Steve Hansen, with sib­lings in their teams, need help con­trol­ling the one-up­man­ship, the boffins had some advice: avoid di­rect com­par­isons, ac­knowl­edge bi­ases, and mod­ify ac­tiv­i­ties to fos­ter in­di­vid­ual suc­cess.

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