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.