Based on exclusive interviews with past and present All Blacks, The Jersey reveals the secrets behind how the New Zealand All Blacks have dominated the game of rugby.
New Zealand rugby is a dynasty that transcends all national barriers. As a culture and a model of humility and consistent success, which have led them to three Rugby World Cups, the world of rugby continues to look to the New Zealand model for guidance.
Traditionally, the renowned All Blacks and those charged with guiding them have kept their rules of engagement close to their chests. However now, New Zealand Rugby has agreed to open their doors to rugby writer Peter Bills to consider the reasons behind their dominance of the world game in the build-up towards the Lions Series in 2017 and Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
Through this book, Peter Bills draws on case studies and interviews of officials, coaches and players, as well as people involved in all elements of rugby right across New Zealand. The Jersey tells an extraordinary story with unprecedented access and insight, and explores the basic requirements and immense challenges required not only to become number one in the world, but remain consistently at the top.
Peter Bills is a world-renowned rugby journalist who has reported and written on the sport for more than forty years. He was given unprecedented access to the All Blacks to research The Jersey.
A great read . . . I thoroughly enjoyed it -- Conrad Smith, 94-times capped All Blacks Very good. The New Zealand people will like it. I thought the schools chapter was particularly good -- Sir Graham Henry, All Blacks' 2011 World Cup winning coach Extremely well written. Compelling, accurate, insightful and brilliant in the way it captures the New Zealand way. -- John Hart, former All Blacks coach. This is a wonderful description of why the All Blacks are so good. The author's assessment is spot on. Beautifully written -- Nick Mallett, ex-South Africa and Italy coach. Since playing their first Test match in 1903, the All Blacks have amassed numerous accolades and are considered one of the most prolific teams across any sport. The All Blacks are the first rugby team to win 500 Test matches and are the current Rugby World Cup champions, winning the title in 2011 and 2015, adding to the inaugural Cup they claimed in 1987. They have also won ten of the sixteen Tri-Nations trophies, five of the six Rugby Championships contested, and have most recently held the Bledisloe Cup for fourteen years (2003-2017). -- RugbyWorld.com Since October 2003, when World Rugby introduced a rankings system, the All Blacks have held the number one position for over 80% of the time. As of December 2017, the All Blacks have held the number one position since 2009. -- RugbyWorld.com The All Blacks are the most successful international men's rugby side of all time with a winning percentage of 77.21 over 566 Tests (1903-2017). -- RugbyWorld.com
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