How the recently departed All Blacks 'passed the baton’ to rising stars »

All Blacks assistant coach Jason Ryan has shared valuable insights into the significant impact of leaving senior players on the development of New Zealand’s rising rugby stars.

As the All Blacks transition into a new era, Ryan said the mentoring and guidance provided by experienced players has been instrumental in shaping the next generation of leaders on the field.

He speaks on that day All Blocks PodcastRyan highlighted examples of how this guidance has led to improvements among emerging players.

A standout player Ryan mentioned was Asafo Amua, a dynamic hooker for the Hurricanes.

„Assafo, he’s playing some good rugby at the moment and Kolesi (Dane Coles) has set him up,” he said, referring to the influence of former All Black Dane Coles, whose guidance and high standards played their part in the youngsters. Player’s approach to the game.

Another player who has received high praise from Ryan is Chiefs’ lock Dubo Wai.

“Tupou Vaa’i is exceptional, he calls the Chiefs lineout and Guzzler (Brodie Retallick) sets him up,” noted Ryan.

Retallick, affectionately known as „the Cussler”, has been a linchpin in New Zealand rugby for many years and has clearly influenced Wyatt, who now stands as a key figure in the ranks of the Chiefs, displaying leadership and tactical acumen.

Ryan noticed a broader trend of younger players stepping into leadership roles and excelling at their positions.

„What I’ve seen is a shift in players who have been there or around, are now at the forefront of conversations,” he said.

Ryan said the change was important as the All Blacks progressed without their long-time stalwarts.

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„Those guys (Coles and Retallick) weren’t going to be there this year, so they set them up to win. That’s what we call the baton, and they’ve picked it up.”

The concept of „passing the baton” resonated deeply in All Blacks culture, emphasizing veterans’ responsibility to prepare the next generation, Ryan said.

„So I’m really impressed with those two examples, and there’s a lot more around traps,” Ryan said. „You’re seeing some really good players step up, mentored by more experienced guys.”

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