No song and dance for Smith

2011-09-22 14:44

Cape Town - All Black centre, Conrad Smith says that although the French are sometimes blatant in their displays of passion for rugby on the field of play, he feels the All Blacks have no need to display it publicly.

The French are known for their passionate approach to their game but Smith, a survivor of the disappointing loss to the French in RWC 2007, says that New Zealanders don’t have to 'create a song and dance’ about it.

"We can be passionate about something but we don't create a song and dance. I'm not saying the French do but they are a lot more extroverted with the way they show it and other countries are the same," Smith told New Zealand sports website, Sportal.

"We talk about it a little bit. We can be boiling inside and really motivated but we don't have to show it.

"As long as the passion is there, we hope it is there, and you can certainly notice it in the build-up. The way the whole country is going it does rub off on the players."

Smith said the expectation on the All Blacks to succeed in every game was something players learned to deal with.

"In a strange way you enjoy the challenge, that's why we're here," he said.

"We're the sort of players in one way or another we have come through a lot of hardships and that's taken different forms for each guy. If you don't enjoy the challenge you don't last long."


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  • GHT - 2011-09-22 15:35

    and this comes from a member of a team that does a song and dance before every single game...

      Blikskottel - 2011-09-22 16:32

      You mean that Macarena thing before kickoff?

      patch - 2011-09-23 07:08

      Let's be respectful here. It's the hakarena...

  • jase880 - 2011-09-22 15:35

    In my opinion (and I don't say this to run them down), this is the reason that NZ has not won the RWC for the past 24 years. This is too conservative a mindset. In RWC years the Boks, French etc take their psyche to frenzy point - they will kill themselves to stop a try, and there is a fanaticism which comes with rugby at this level. If you are constantly trying to appear cool on the outside you are not in the right place - as evidenced by the past 3 World Cups. Your game has to change during RWC - your attitude needs to almost obsessive about winning. That's what wins World Cups - not being cool and clinical.

      Grant - 2011-09-22 17:30

      Agreed - and I've always said this about the Proteas! Our cricket boys are always trying to "remain calm" in the world cups. Its fake, and is therefore not dealing with anything. Nervousness and excitement are NORMAL. They are not things that should be stifled, but things that should be DIRECTED. When you use those feelings to fuel you, you up your game!

      Edmund - 2011-09-22 21:37

      I agree with Jase and Grant! lets hope Gary has the same perception!

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