Youth approach 'what makes the All Blacks so great' says football legend Ryan Giggs

Football legend Ryan Giggs is crediting All Blacks great Dan Carter with advice over player management, having recently become the head coach of the Wales national team.

Speaking to WalesOnline, Giggs told of a meeting between himself and Carter, where the Manchester United legend picked rugby's all-time leading points scorer's brains over why the All Blacks are such a dominant force in world sport.

"I spoke to Dan Carter a few months ago and he was saying about the New Zealand rugby team and when he was there how he had to look after Beauden Barrett," Giggs said.

"He was after his place, but in New Zealand you have to look after the next generation. I thought it was fantastic that if he didn't, he would have got hammered from the All Blacks media, the fans, and that's just part and parcel of why the All Blacks are so great.

"Even though he's after his place, he still has to guide him and help him along.

"It probably prolonged his career because he still wanted that jersey, but knew he had someone biting at his ankles and wanting to take his place," added Giggs.

"It's very exciting and it gives them (young players) a great chance. That's what I believe in – giving youth a chance. The experienced players are important in that respect too."

Giggs' Wales side are next in action against Mexico in Pasadena on May 29.

Ryan Giggs Source: Associated Press


Ex-Blues halfback says 'it's going to click sometime' ahead of Crusaders clash

Crusaders halfback Bryn Hall is wary of facing his former side the Blues, when the teams come face to face in Super Rugby this weekend in Auckland.

Hall, 26, headed south from the Blues to the Crusaders last year, establishing himself as a key part in the Crusaders side that went on to claim the 2017 Super Rugby title.

Speaking at his side's training today, Hall spoke about the troubles his former teammates now find themselves in, with the Blues once again propping up the New Zealand Super Rugby conference.

"The derby games in general are always a tough one, and that's no different with the Blues," he said.

"They're going through a bit of a tough time results wise, but the amount of talent they have there - it's going to click sometime.

Hall will no doubt have an idea of how to topple the Blues, spending four seasons with the Auckland side.

"Just being able to take away their time and space."

"They've got a lot of x-factor, a lot of great individuals who can beat you one-on-one and put you in a lot of trouble.

"We've got to make sure our processes are right around our defence, we've done a lot of work on our defence. If we can do that, then hopefully they won't get through our defence."

The Blues host the Crusaders at Eden Park on Saturday night.

Bryn Hall will face his old teammates in a classic Kiwi derby this weekend. Source: 1 NEWS



'I'll definitely be a part of it' - Kieran Read to stay with All Blacks despite back injury

All Blacks captain Kieran Read is confident he'll be able to stay with the side for next month's series with France, despite being ruled out with a back injury.

Read, 32, hasn't played any rugby since picking up a back injury on his side's end of year tour in November, returning to Crusaders training today, having had surgery in the off-season.

Speaking to media today, Read spoke about his role with the All Blacks for this year, even though it will be restricted to off-field duties only.

"I'll definitely be a part of it in some way," he said.

"Already there's been the opportunity to keep the discussions going with Steve (Hansen), the leaders and all of them.

"I'll have to have my ear close to the ground there."

The All Blacks squad for next month's series is named on Sunday.

The skipper won't play a part in the France series, but will still lend a hand to his teammates. Source: 1 NEWS