Richard Ferguson

Henry reiterates effect of long season

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Springboks, Tri Nations, Wallabies on 14 Jul 2011 at 14:59
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All Blacks coach Graham Henry has indicated that some of the players that have attended a training camp in Auckland over the last few days are suffering from too much rugby, and will look to rest certain individuals before the World Cup later this year.

Henry was quoted as saying that the players are “overcooked”, and that the long Super Rugby season has taken its toll on the players, with a special mention to the Crusaders for travelling all over the world, with two trips to South Africa and a quick tour of London thrown in for good measure.

Now what exactly Henry has in mind is still unclear, but his thinking does seem to agree with the Springbok’s bigwig thinking of being careful not to lose any players ahead of the biggest competition in world rugby, albeit not on the same scale as Mr. de Villiers.

The All Blacks play their first match next Friday against Fiji, and as is expected, and as the Australians are doing this Sunday, the team is expected to be a set of second stringers. The big question is whether this set of second stringers will be called upon to defend the Tri Nations crown a week later?

News in the All Black camp is that Richard Kahui has been injured and seems set to miss out on Tri Nations action, while Israel Dagg, Isaia Toeava and Tony Woodcock are making progress in their respective injuries and will make a comeback to rugby in the ITM Cup before being considered for the away leg of the Tri Nations.


  • Lets make it a Super 20 tournament, that way we can be assured of Test rugby being something of the past. 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.07.11 15:04:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Resting players during the Tri-Nations? 😯 🙄

    Hope not.

    At least our players are injured. 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.07.11 15:11:40 by McLovin Reply

  • Somebody tell henry his not aload to do that 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.07.11 15:22:48 by franshark Reply
  • when peter de villiers pointed this out at the beginning of the year before even a ball was kicked this is how the australians responded”

    When told of De Villiers’s comments, Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O’Neill said: ”We don’t share that concern, and at five minutes to midnight it is a bit late to be raising it. In planning and formating this competition, everyone had an opportunity to voice any concerns. The pros and cons were workshopped pretty thoroughly.”

    O’Neill said the increase of matches from 94 to 125 and 20 local derbies compared to six last year would work in Australian Rugby’s favour, as their key players needed more high level competition.

    ”In Australia, you see that the NRL continues on having players playing State of Origin midweek, and backing up for the clubs the next weekend. And [Wallabies coach] Robbie Deans’s feeling has been that we haven’t been playing enough rugby,” O’Neill said.

    ”Robbie is remarkably relaxed about the season schedule. He is more excited about the amount of rugby they will be playing, in preparation for when he gets them [before the World Cup.]”

    O’Neill said it should be remembered that after the Super Rugby final on July 9, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will be involved in an abbreviated Tri Nations series, involving just home and away Tests.

    ”If fatigue does arise, the size of the provincial squads allow you to rotate players, and that’s not a new phenomenon,” O’Neill said. The ARU will keep an eye on how the provinces use their key players, but ”our approach won’t be interventionist”, he said.

    Reds coach Ewen McKenzie said he was not concerned about the fatigue factor, because systems were in place to ensure it can be overcome.

    ”If you play high-quality rugby week in, week out, there is the potential for that to occur. The management of players is critical. You look at the European teams, and they play 10 months of the year. And they manage their players through that,” McKenzie said.

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.07.11 16:16:34 by Megatron Reply

  • ”If fatigue does arise, the size of the provincial squads allow you to rotate players, and that’s not a new phenomenon,”

    So then why are the Aussies so pissed that we are sending a second-stringer squad to NZ?

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.07.11 20:58:53 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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