Former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry believes that the All Blacks must lose a game in the build up to the Rugby World Cup 2015 so they can improve, do you agree?
There are two schools of thought here really with Henry thinking that an unbeaten leadup to the tournament and an easy group at the Rugby World Cup could lead the All Blacks towards destruction in the knockout phases like in 2007. Do you think the All Blacks have been papering over some of the cracks with their narrow escapes in recent seasons against teams like England, Ireland, Australia and South Africa? Most teams and players in sports learn the most from their defeats.
However, a defeat for the All Blacks could take away some of the psychological edge that they have over their opponents. There is also the thought that they may have learned from some of their narrow escapes. It could damage their aura of invincibility and break their self-belief that they will win every game.
It will be interesting to see if the All Blacks of 2015 can adapt to the referees and change their tactics if defeat is on the cards.
What do you think, do the All Blacks have to lose before the Rugby World Cup so they will improve to win the Rugby World Cup 2015?