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By Pete Moore On February 7th, 2019

Buck Shelford is joined at the Men of Steel table by Ireland No.8 CJ Stander. It was New Zealand’s Shelford whose scrotum was ripped open by a French stud. He only realised when a bollock dropped out. So he had the physio sew it up before playing on. There’s hard and then there’s hard.

I see that Stander broke his cheekbone and fractured an eye socket in the 3rd minute of Ireland vs England on Saturday. I admit that I’d have been tapping out that point. But like Shelford, Stander played on, for another 62 minutes. In that time he made 11 carries, 17 tackles and hit over 20 rucks.

So why wasn’t he pulled by Ireland’s medical team straight away? Because they didn’t know. He didn’t tell them and, because he wears a scrum cap, his disfigured face wasn’t spotted until he walked off. We know that it takes talent and dedication to reach the top of any sport. Being a bit mental sometimes helps too.

15 Responses to “DIFFERENT GRAVY”

  1. Such a good post deserves at least one comment! I wear my All Blacks jersey in honor of Buck, and to remind me since I have Parkinson’s that I have to be tough. There’s tough, and then mental tough. Stander could have been really hurt or killed with another hit to the head.

  2. I asked a young relative who is serving in Afghanistan if he’d like a book.

    He requested a book on leadership based on the culture of the All Blacks.

    Good team with a strong brand. I like that sport.

  3. There is a Maori concept called mana. It is a tradition of power and respect. The inner well of a person that makes them great. It pretty much could be used to simply describe Buck Shelford. Pretty much mana incarnate.

  4. Phantom, was that the book “Legacy” by James Kerr 2013?

  5. Yes, it was!

  6. Phantom, good deal! I just downloaded the audio book onto my I phone for $9.99. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Charles

    99% of the times, when you speak of the culture of teams and companies, it’s such complete nonsense.

    But it seems like the All Blacks really do have a team culture, a good one, one that is worth reading about.

    A lot of people look down on books like this. Not me. We can learn so much from the best people and organizations.

  8. Phantom

    My friend was just razzing me for listening to the book. What do I need to learn from a NZ team? He just doesn’t understand about drawing on your inner strengths. The Maori call it mana, the Chinese call it chi, and Americans would call it guts. Whatever your culture calls it, I need to dig deep and draw on mine!

    So far, I’m enjoying the book!

  9. I don’t know if the book would mention that the ABs have a “no dickheads” policy.

    No matter how good a player you are, if your ego is too big, if you put yourself ahead of the team, if get up other people’s noses and think you’re above cleaning the lockers, you don’t get in.

  10. Pete, it mentions that players must help sweep the shed, no matter how great a player they are. You must have humility to be an All Black. I think there is something to be learned from them.

  11. It mentions that players must help sweep the shed, no matter how great a player they are.

    That’s an absolutely fantastic ethos.

  12. This would be the exact opposite ethos of say rock stars who trashed their hotel rooms, creating a messy job for poorly paid hotel workers to clean up.

    Give me the All Blacks over Led Zeppelin on this matter any day.

  13. Charles –

    And it’s true. The AB’s leave the sheds tidy. It’s a New Zealand thing really, in my opinion. It’s a rural, farming country. A lot of its players have a background where no-one else is around to clean up after you.

  14. this nails it?

  15. Phantom

    Thanks, I printed it out!