Former coach critical of Hart
November 15, 1999
Writing in this month's edition of 'New Zealand Rugby World', John Hart's predecessor as All Black coach, Laurie Mains, has launched a blistering attack on the recently resigned Hart.
Mains lays the blame for the All Blacks' failure at the World Cup squarely with Hart's inability to prepare the team properly. Writing about the way in which the side panicked in the face of the French semi final onslaught he said, "Panic only comes about because you don't know what you are meant to be doing.."
Defending Taine Randell he goes Mains says, "A captain is only ever an extension of authority and an extension of the game plan the coach sets. If there are no tactics and no game plan, then he has nothing to go back to and therefore doesn't have a basis to his leadership... in order for a captain to be effective, the team must have clearly defined patterns and structures to its game. A captain can't change that if it isn't firmly ingrained in the team. That is something the current All Black team has lacked."