Randell wants to carry on
Huw Turner reports from Auckland
November 6, 1999
All Black skipper Taine Randell (pictured, after the defeat by France) has indicated that he would like to continue leading the side despite their failure in the World Cup.
During the past week Randell has come under fierce and sometimes vitriolic condemnation from public and commentators for what is perceived as weak and ineffective on-field leadership.
"Things turned out not that flash, I got a taste of that last year." (When the All Blacks endured a sequence of 5 losses to Australia and South Africa.), said the captain.
However it seems highly likely that the new coach would want to start from scratch in rebuilding the All Blacks' shattered morale and appoint a new captain. It is hard to believe that Randell will ever play at No 8 for New Zealand again, and may revert to his original position when he first played for the side, in 1997, blindside flanker.