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World Cup-winning rugby coach
Sir Graham Henry has paid tribute to
the All Blacks' mental toughness after
they pulled o a remarkablecomeback
to defeat Ireland and post a blemish-
free 14-0 win-loss record in 2013.
Sir Graham, the man who
engineered the all-conquering All
Blacks' 2011 Rugby World Cup
triumph, praised the work of mental
skills coach Gilbert Enoka in helping
forge a team that knows it is never
" is All Blacks team has got that
ability to come back," Sir Graham
said. " ey've got the mental skills.
What Gilbert Enoka has done with
that team in the mental skills area
is phenomenal. It's a real pat on
every-body's back, (captain) Richie
McCaw and the boys who played,
but Gilbert's in charge of that mental
skills area and obviously they are
getting stronger and stronger.
" is team has shown on a
number of occasions they never
lose their composure. ey just keep
on doing the right thing."
e comeback from 0-19 was one
of the biggest in All Black history
and Sir Graham rated it up there
with the best.
"It has to be one of the great
comebacks, I'd imagine."
e bulk of the winning All Blacks
squad will stay overseas for family
holidays, commercial work or to play
in the Barbarians match against Fiji
in London next weekend. A small
party of All Blacks return to New
Another All Black great, Sir Brian
Lochore, said the All Blacks did
not appear ready for the early Irish
onslaught yesterday but had shown
incredible belief to mount one of the
greatest comebacks he could recall.
"It was a fantastic comeback," Sir
Brian said. "I can't think o -hand of
a side that has been that far behind
and, really, with less than a minute
to go we were still in a great deal
of trouble. But they believed in
themselves and they did come back.
It was a massive e ort.
"It was clear that the Irish were
up for it when you listened to the
anthem. It was clear on their faces
they were going to come out and
have a fair crack, which they did."
Sir Brian also paid tribute to the All
Blacks' record this season.
" ey are playing really well. ey
have played some wonderful games.
ey obviously enjoy each other's
company. ey play for each other
and they play for their coaches and
that is really what it is all about."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Tributes follow All Black's great escape
e Action Cricket draw for
5.30pm: e Rec v VCS. Got the
Runs v Grinners. 6.45pm: Revies
White v Mixtures. Revies Green v
All primary school age cricket players
seeking selection in the West Coast
team have been invited to a trial at the
Civic Centre, Greymouth, at 3.45pm
e team, once selected, will attend
the South Island Champs at Gore, in
January. Previous attempts to conduct
trial have been rained out so the
organisers have taken the trial indoors.
Action cricket draw
Primary school age cricket trial
e Australasian Hotel touch
competition will continue in a social
vein until Christmas, after which the
competition will begin in earnest.
Meanwhile, the junior competition
will be played wet or ne. Organisers say
that rain will have to be accompanied by
low temperatures before it is called o .
e draw for ursday is ---
Senior, open: Showerdome I v
Showerdowm II, 6pm; Blaketown
Bulldogs v Aussie Kotukus, 6.30pm;
Dare Devils v Boat Boys, 7pm; Wolf
Pack v Top Hats, 7.30pm.
Mixed: Overloads v Rams, 6pm; Paroa
Playcentre v Scorpions 6.30pm; Solid
Gold v Toto Weka.
Junior: WC10s v Karoro B, 4pm;
Pacers v Cobden II, 4pm: Pumas v Grey
Main, 4.30pm; Karoro A v Runanga,
4.30pm; Cobden I v WC10s, 4.30pm;
Blaketown a bye.
When the Kiwis went to Old Tra ord
to watch Manchester United take on
Arsenal three weeks ago, it was only
natural for them to all think about the
next time they might venture to the
It almost nearly did not happen, with
England only seconds away from a
famous victory and a place in Sunday
morning's rugby league World Cup nal
against Australia at Old Tra ord.
e Kiwis relocated to Manchester
from London overnight and will step
up their preparations for the nal after
a couple of days of recovery.
Most will try to treat it as a normal week
even though it is anything but. Some
will approach it in the same manner as
the NRL grand nal, embracing the
pressure and occasion.
"I think playing in a grand nal of a
World Cup will de nitely be the biggest
game of my career," said prop Jared
Waerea-Hargreaves, who won the NRL
title with the Roosters this year. "You're
playing for your country, your family.
"Every individual has to play the best
game they have ever played to win. It's
going to be tough. I think all our boys
are going to be ready."
ey will have three training sessions
before the nal and will also attend the
gala International Player of the Year
awards on ursday morning before the
team to play Australia is announced the
ere is still a fair degree of uncertainty
about the makeup of the Kiwis side
because of injuries to key players.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was cleared of
a leg fracture, which means the New
Zealand medical sta could be more
aggressive with their treatment, but the
winger is still in some discomfort.
Fellow winger Manu Vatuvei is also still
struggling with a groin strain, although
he has been running more freely, and
second-rower Frank Pritchard is not yet
over the hamstring strain that saw him
miss the semi- nal with England.
Wednesday's training session looms as
crucial and the time when all three will
need to show they have the potential of
playing against Australia.
" ere's no break with Roger but it
will be another 24 hours before we know
if he's a decent chance," Kiwis manager
Tony Iro said.
"Manu has been running fairly freely
but there's a big di erence between
running in a straight line and into six
blokes like he usually does. We will
give him every opportunity but he will
probably have to do something fairly
physical and aggressive on Wednesday
and we will take our read from that.
"Frank is probably the biggest concern.
He's probably still 50-50. He's saying
he's a lot better but he will be another
who will need an aggressive session on
"It would be great to have all three.
ey are all in good form --- Frank
and Manu have been in great form and
Roger has probably been the winger
of the tournament so far. ey would
certainly be handy to have because
there's a fair amount of strike power
there. But if they're not available, there
are guys who can do the job."
Jason Nightingale would retain his
spot if either or both Vatuvei and
Tuivasa-Sheck don't recover in time.
Josh Ho man and Krisnan Inu would
come into contention on the wing if
Vatuvei and Tuivasa-Sheck are both
Alex Glenn replaced Pritchard for the
England match and remains the most
likely option if Pritchard is un t to play
this time around, too. --- APNZ
LEAGUE WORLD CUP
Kiwis gearing up for
Old Trafford showdown
Billy Slater's tireless recovery e orts
could pay o with the Kangaroos fullback
looking increasingly likely to return from
injury in the Rugby League World Cup
Slater admits he thought his tournament
was over after su ering a recurrence of a
left knee injury in last week's quarter-
nal victory over the United States.
e Melbourne Storm star sat out
Saturday's 64-0 semi- nal win over
Fiji but his recovery has exceeded
expectations and Kangaroos medical sta
now consider it more likely than not he
will be t for next Saturday's showdown
with New Zealand at Old Tra ord.
Slater stresses he will not put his hand
up to play unless he is 100% t but the
30-year-old is desperate to be part of the
side that will look to avenge a loss to the
Kiwis in the 2008 nal.
" e way it's improved over the last
seven days has caught me by surprise to
be honest," Slater said on Saturday.
"At the start of the week I was giving
myself no chance, whereas now I've done
everything possible to get right for the
next game and I'll do everything I can in
the next seven days to be right.
"... I'm going to give myself the best
opportunity to get there but I'm not
going to play if I don't think I can play
"It's a big occasion and I'd love to be
part of it but I know how important it is
to this team and to our country. I'll be t
if I get there."
Kangaroos' physiotherapist Tony Ayoub
said the fact Slater was any chance at all
of playing was a testament to the player's
Since su ering the injury, Slater has
received up to three treatment sessions
and day and stuck to a strict regime of
icing his knee up to eight times a day,
mostly in his hotel room.
Slater surprised Ayoub by completing
a treadmill running drill at 15kph on
Friday, but crucial to his hopes of playing
will be when he tests his knee during
intense training on Tuesday.
"I (initially) gave him a 50-50 chance
(of being t) but it's far better than that
now," Ayoub said.
"You've got to give the kid credit, he
works hard. He's certainly a professional."
While Kangaroos players have played
down talk of redemption or revenge,
Slater would be desperate to get a chance
to avenge the 2008 loss in Brisbane,
where his infamous wayward pass helped
the Kiwis score a shock victory.
He is also one of a host of senior
Australian players who are facing what
is likely their last chance to add a World
Cup title to their CVs.
Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens will give
Slater until the end of the week to prove
his tness and, should he do so, Greg
Inglis would shift back into the centres.
at would likely mean Brent Tate
making way from the starting side but
it is believed Sheens is considering using
the North Queensland veteran o the
interchange bench. --- AAP
Slater looking likely for World Cup final
If not for his well-publicised and
controversial change of heart, James
Tamou would probably have been
donning the black and white of his
native New Zealand in Saturday's World
But more than 18 months on from his
defection to the green and gold, the big
front-rower is convinced he made the
right decision as he prepares to help
Australia to rugby league's ultimate
e 26-year-old North Queensland
enforcer caused a stir when he switched
his allegiances to Australia just 10 days
out from last year's Anzac Test - a
precursor to his State of Origin debut
Tamou, who was born in Palmerston
North and represented the Junior Kiwis
in 2007, admits at times he struggled
to handle the backlash from the move,
which included being dubbed 'Turncoat
Tamou' by some.
But he has no regrets and says there
won't be mixed emotions when he faces
the Kiwis in the biggest game of his
career at Old Tra ord.
"It was a tough period of time for me
but, when I look back at it now, it was an
easy decision," Tamou told AAP.
"Being able to play for the NSW Blues
and Australia, there's no regrets at all.
"I'm just going to take it (the nal) as a
normal Test match and I've had three of
them now against New Zealand.
"As tough as it's going to be, I'm
not going to think too much about it
eligibility-wise. I'm just going to go
out there and play for my team and my
Tamou revealed he initially rejected
the advances of then-Blues coach Ricky
Stuart in 2011 "because I thought, 'no,
I'm a Kiwi'," but he changed his mind
after making the New Zealand Four
Nations train-on squad but missing the
" at was really disheartening,"Tamou
"He (Stuart) rang me up again in 2012
and gave me a few days to think about it
and I thought 'this is really it - this could
be one of the best or worst things that
could ever happen to me'.
"As history shows, I said yes and we
come to today and I couldn't be happier."
Tamou has been a key part of the
Kangaroos' impressive march to the
nal, scoring a try in Saturday's 64-0
semi- nal rout of Fiji.
e towering for ward followed his
four-pointer with a 'rocking-the-cradle'
celebration in honour of his 11-month-
old son Brooklyn Knox, who arrived in
the United Kingdom on ursday along
with his partner Brittney.
"It's been really good to see them over
here." --- APNZ-AAP
Tamou: No regrets
as final looms
e main event at next month's
Fight for Life is set to become a
reconnaissance mission with the
revelation boxing coach Kevin
Barry will train Brian Minto in
the weeks leading up to his bout
with Shane Cameron.
Barry, whose main focus is
developing New Zealand boxing
hopeful Joseph Parker, met
45- ght veteran Minto, aka e
Beast, for the rst time yesterday.
e pair did not waste any time
getting down to business.
"He looks strong, he looks in
shape," Barry said.
Barry says his decision to train
Minto was made easier by the
fact he is ghting Cameron.
"Brian rang me last week and
I liked what he was saying. He
told me that he had just fought
a week ago in London at the
Prize ghter tournament where
he made it to the semi- nals.
"I liked the fact he had just
fought and he said he thought
Shane Cameron was a good ght
e bout will give Barry a
head start in preparations for a
possible Cameron-Parker ght
"When I began working with
Joseph after the Botha ght we
put together a plan. I looked at a
lot of di erent styles and a lot of
di erent ghters. One of those
was Brian Minto, so it was just
funny the way this worked out."
Barry sees this ght as a
stepping stone for both Minto,
38, and Cameron, 36. However,
the underlying focus remains
"We've made no secret to the
fact that we would like a Parker-
Cameron ght some time next
"I sat Joseph down with me and
said to him I'd been given this
opportunity and would you be
interested if we took this training
camp back to New Zealand for
the last few weeks?
"He said as long as I'm working
with you and we're training three
times a day, I'm ne with it."
With the Minto-Cameron
ght scheduled to take place
on December 14, Barry says he
will o er Minto his full support,
"but I'm not going to make big
changes to his style".
is is Barry's rst time
involved with the Fight for Life
and he believes the bout has the
makings of a classic.
"Both guys like to ght, both
guys like to trade punches and
both guys like to come forward,"
Barry said. " is is a ght that
boxing fans will want to see."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
gives Barry head start
Boxer Daniel MacKinnon,
who underwent emergency brain
surgery following a recent bout,
has been discharged from Waikato
Hospital's neurosurgery ward.
e 30-year-old was taken to
Waikato Hospital on Saturday
November 16 after his ght with
Robert Berridge --- the undercard
match for the David Tua and
Alexander Ustinov ght.
He underwent emergency
surgery to relieve pressure on his
brain, and since the operation
his condition had continued to
"Memory tests were conducted
and Dan passed with ying colours.
He is very chatty and cheeky and is
improving daily," his manager Ken
Reins eld said last week.
"He was able to get out of bed
and move around a small amount.
Obviously, whilst he is still weak
his movements are all normal."
Support had poured in from all
corners, Mr Reins eld said.
e New Zealand boxing
community had rallied around
MacKinnon, who had received
numerous donation requests and
messages of support from around
A Facebook page "Dan
MacKinnon --- e Return of
e King" has also been set up
to manage donation requests,
Reins eld said.
"We are inviting anyone who
would like to support Dan's return
to health by leaving messages or
donations. A bank account has
been provided on the Facebook
page. e Westpac Bank have
supported us and anyone who
would like to make a donation
can go to any Westpac Branch to
donate to the 'Dan Mackinnon
Donation Account'," he said.
MacKinnon's opponent Robbie
Berridge also wished him well.
"On behalf of Team Berridge, I
would like to wish Daniel a speedy
recovery and the best to him and
his family," Berridge said.
"He is a true warrior and we
are positive he will make a full
MacKinnon was stopped by
Berridge in the 10th round of the
ght in which both boxers were
He ended the ght on his feet
when it was stopped by the referee,
and was able to conduct a post-
ght interview in the ring.
However, about 15 minutes after
the ght he complained of head
pains as he was preparing to take
a shower, and was taken to the
hospital. --- APNZ
MacKinnon discharged from hospital
After eight straight losses to
Australia, topped by three of the
most tormenting defeats they
have su ered, Wales have put the
Wallabies in their crosshairs and
declared: "Now is the time".
Welsh hooker Richard Hibbard
and assistant coach Shaun Edwards
pulled no punches in revealing
how the chance for long-awaited
vengeance has been driving them.
Wales have lost to South Africa
(15-24) and beaten Argentina and
Tonga this month, but far more is
invested in Saturday night's clash
with Australia at Millennium
"Let's be honest, this is a game
everyone has been waiting for,"
"South Africa was a massive game
against a world-class opponent.
"But I think at the back of
the mind, everyone realises that
Wales versus Australia have
been brilliant games recently,
so close, so competitive, a high
standard of rugby."
While Welsh players dominated
the Warren Gatland-coached
British and Irish Lions out t
which toppled the Wallabies 2-1
this year, they are still hurting
from their previous heartbreaking
e most painful was almost 12
months ago when Kurtley Beale
scored a last-gasp try to steal the
match 14-12 in Cardi .
Before that, Gatland's men fell
25-23 in Melbourne when Mike
Harris kicked a penalty after
fulltime and they then su ered a
one-point defeat in Sydney.
"We've been so close over so
many games but now is the time
to do it," said Hibbard, who was
responsible for Harris's match-
"We have been saying it so long
and now we have to deliver."
e 29-year-old played a key role
in the Lions' series-deciding 41-16
win over the Wallabies in Sydney,
playing like a man possessed for 47
minutes, even after a massive head
clash with George Smith.
A concussed Smith was sent to the
head bin and then controversially
returned, while Hibbard hopped
back up and went on with it.
He said the experience and
con dence from that win would
help Wales, a team he rated as
wiser and more mature for winning
the Six Nations.
"We (Lions) were physical,
battered them for 60 minutes
and that was the end of it. ey
couldn't sur vive after that --- we
have to bring that ferocity again,"
the tattooed hooker said.
"It was intense but one of those
situations where you don't want to
walk o the pitch --- you're willing
to crawl o .
"You would do anything for the
win because it's that important.
"We de nitely want to win this.
We're going to win this and we
have to bring the intensity from
the o and the physicality right
across the park." --- AAP
Gutted Wales fired up by Wallaby defeats
Gareth Morgan's o er to stump
up $5 million to save New Zealand
Football if the Government
contributes a further $10 million
has been met with a lukewarm
response by Sports Minister
Asked whether the Government
intended to pursue the o er,
Mr McCully said: "I greatly
appreciate the generosity that
Dr Morgan has shown to sport.
NZ Football is going through a
process of transition at this stage.
Dr Morgan's comments remind
us of the high level of ambition
that New Zealand should have
to succeed in international
Dr Morgan's o er was also
dependent on NZ Football sacking
its current board.
NZ Football did not respond to
the Herald's calls.
Dr Morgan, who part-owns
Phoenix, slammed the NZF board
during a radio interview, saying it
was accountable for the national
team's terrible display in the World
Cup quali ers against Mexico.
He described the build-up to
that home-and-away series as
" ere have been some
shocking organisational lapses
o the eld," Dr Morgan said.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
McCully lukewarm on Morgan's football offer
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