FIR President realistic about performance
March 9, 2000
FIR presidente Giancarlo Dondi said he was ashamed by Italy's poor performance in Dublin. writes Gian Luca Barca
"I think that some players need a good shake up and a well deserved kick up the butt - he said - Up until the last World Cup we put our main problem down to lack of team spirit and unity.
Now things have changed for the better, the players are happier, but on the day they are not performing and the results are still disappointing.
I think new coach Brad Johnstone has come face to face with a new situation: lack of character and self belief are not problems New Zealanders are used to dealing with. Perhaps we are not yet ready for such a long string of high level games, in such a short period of time.
It will take time before we are able to consistently play good rugby".
As Ray McLoughlin prepares to celebrate his 75th birthday, Huw Richards pays tribute to the man and the selectors who had the wisdom to bring him into the Ireland fold
John Taylor argues the world's best XVs players must be given a chance to play in the Olympics to increase the appeal of the game
The All Blacks' form is not a peaking issue, but Hansen must threaten to wield his axe, to demand improvement, Craig Dowd writes
"It has been the World Cup that smashed down the gender barriers of the sport." Tom Hamilton looks back at a remarkable tournament