Ex Harcourts GM – Why the All Blacks need a mental skills coach

  • On a raw winter’s night in Christchurch at a dimly-lit training ground, three men spoke about getting the best out of their rugby team.

Coach Wayne Smith and adviser Gilbert Enoka were in unison but the Canterbury B captain, a burly centre, needed convincing that new methods would be enduringly beneficial.

Now there is no greater advocate for the power of mental skills and leadership techniques.

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All Blacks mental skills coach Gilbert Enoka. Photo / John Stone.