All Blacks: actions overtake words

By Paul Thomas In Sport

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6th December, 2012
The All Blacks have always had an image problem in Britain and Ireland. Expatriate Kiwi journalist Wallace Reyburn, best known for his biography of 19th-century celebrity plumber Thomas Crapper (Flushed with Pride, since you ask), labelled the 1967-68 All Blacks “the unsmiling giants”. And they were one of few All Blacks teams to tour the UK without becoming embroiled in controversy. An Irish newspaper likened the 1991 All Black World Cup squad to gravediggers. When Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu insisted their tandem cleanout of British and Irish Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll ...

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