Giggs loves the All Blacks way

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has now mor­phed into the finest player on the planet and a No 10 con­sid­ered to be on a par with Carter at his best.

‘‘I spoke to Dan Carter a few months ago and he was say­ing about the New Zealand rugby team and when he was there how he had to look after Beau­den Bar­rett,’’ Giggs said.

‘‘He was after his place, but in New Zealand you have to look after the next gen­er­a­tion. I thought it was fan­tas­tic that if he didn’t, he would have got ham­mered from the All Blacks me­dia, the fans, and that’s just part and par­cel of why the All Blacks are so great.

‘‘Even though he’s after his place, he still has to guide him and help him along.’’

Giggs said Carter told him the All Blacks’ sys­tem of men­tor­ship made him a bet­ter player and kept him on top of his game.

‘‘It prob­a­bly pro­longed his ca­reer be­cause he still wanted that jersey, but knew he had some­one bit­ing at his an­kles and want­ing to take his place,’’ added Giggs.

‘‘It’s very ex­cit­ing and it gives them (young play­ers) a great chance. That’s what I be­lieve in – giv­ing youth a chance. The ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers are im­por­tant in that re­spect too.’’

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PJ Tucker (Hous­ton) dunks dur­ing the win against Golden State.

Ryan Giggs

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