Posted by: fiore | October 16, 2008

Shine little star

How can anyone cross out the young gifted Luke McAlister from his team? Graham Henry can.

the talented Luke McAlister

the talented Luke McAlister

I really don’t understand how a coach can come out with statements such as “I think it will be good for him (playing in Europe) as an individual and when he returns to these islands he’ll be a well-rounded person, but I don’t know if he’s going to be a better rugby player”, and, “There’s no guarantee he’s going to return to the All Blacks – he has to be good enough to do that.”

I wonder what he’s going to say about kiwi talisman Daniel Carter who signed a very lucrative 7 months and 700,000 Euro contract with French side Perpignan, and that will join them on December 1, after the end of the NPC.

By the way, wasn’t Mr Henry who went to Wales for 4 years, and then coached the British and Irish Lions, before coming back to New Zealand and become Allblacks coach? Don’t tell me that his European experiences weren’t useful for his appointment to the New Zealand bench.

Of course we all know that the Allblack jersey is not a “vested right“, but it has to be won by the sweat of your brow, but Graham Henry is at least ill-timed in expressing his opinions about young McAlister, who has just shown all his talent in the Heineken Cup Sale Sharks‘ first round with Clermont-Auvergne, one of the toughest French side around. It is never easy to go and win in France, but Luke led his team-mates to a brilliant win, scoring 17 of the 32 points of the Sharks including a try, and his performance earned him the “man of the match” award… and despite Graham Henry, I am sure his star will keep on shining for a very long time.

Read the full Graham Henry’s interview on Planet-Rugby.

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