It out to ensure team comes first
‘ As a coach it’s important you treat them no differently to other players.’ GRAHAM HENRY
through their sporting lives.
‘‘It’s that quiet competitiveness. We don’t talk about it, but I can assure you when we were playing backyard footy and cricket there was plenty of that going on.’’
Since the first All Black test match in 1903, there have been 46 sets of siblings to don the black jersey.
However, only 12 of those were named to start together, in 121 tests. Of those games with brothers starting, the All Blacks won 72 per cent. Games played without brothers featured in the run-on side saw a greater win rate: 79 per cent.
Former All Blacks coach Graham Henry agreed with the research: if there are siblings in a team they need to be treated as an individual to get the best results.
Henry coached the All Blacks from 2004 to 2011, when first Ben and Owen Franks, and George and Sam Whitelock played together.
‘‘Obviously they are very supportive of each other and understand each others play, but as a coach it’s important you treat them no differently to other players,’’ Henry said.