For­mer Eng­land player: Stop bow­ing at the All Blacks’ feet

Weekend Herald - - Tennis - Ge­off Par­ling

For­mer Eng­land sec­ond-row Ge­off Par­ling be­lieves that Ire­land have shown that the All Blacks are beat­able and that "they're just 15 blokes on the pitch".

Par­ling, who is set to take over a coach­ing role with the Mel­bourne Rebels for the com­ing Su­per Rugby sea­son and was part of the last Eng­land side to beat the All Blacks, said the world must stop scrap­ing and bow­ing at their feet de­spite New Zealand rugby's rich his­tory.

Par­ling re­vealed his frus­tra­tion not only with his own coun­try but all in­ter­na­tional teams for how they per­form against the world's num­ber one ranked side.

"I've al­ways been frus­trated in the past, maybe not just the north­ern You have to re­spect them but Ire­land have cer­tainly shown they're just 15 blokes on the pitch. hemi­sphere teams but any­one play­ing New Zealand," Par­ling told Stuff.

"The way they get spo­ken about in the press af­ter the games.

"You get beaten off them, well that's not good enough, be­cause you've lost an in­ter­na­tional game re­gard­less of how good they are.

"You have to re­spect them but Ire­land have cer­tainly shown they're just 15 blokes on the pitch.

"They're very good rugby play­ing blokes but it's still just 15 blokes."

Par­ling un­der­stands why the All Blacks are re­garded so loftily, but in­sists there comes a point where the ad­mi­ra­tion must stop.

"The first thing is that they are good, con­sis­tently good, so I sup­pose they have some­thing to back up what peo­ple say about them," he told Stuff.

"And when peo­ple play against them, if they've played them five times and they'd lost five times it prob­a­bly seeps in.

"It's there for a rea­son, they are good, but look at what Ire­land did, look at when other teams pushed them."

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