Training ground photograph sparks Tri Nations controversy

By Sam Rogers
photographer(Photo: Angelo Failla)


A photograph that captured New Zealand’s tactics for their Tri Nations clash with Australia has sparked controversy after it found its way into the public domain.

The image, which is a close-up of a sheet of paper being carried by coach Graham Henry, features four set-plays—three of which look to be targeting Australian fly-half Matt Giteau.

The photograph was captured by a press photographer who zoomed in on the sheet during a training session on Tuesday and it has since been published in a number of Australian newspapers.

Wallabies assistant coach Jim Williams, however, was quick to dismiss its significance.

“I wouldn’t read too much into it myself and probably won’t even bother looking at it – it’s a picture of training and that’s how I’ll leave it,” said Williams.

He added: “Teams will try to put a little bit of focus on the opposition but realistically it’s about how you prepare and what you want to do during the game.

“We prepare as best we can and considerations are taken about how the team prepares, where we train and what we do so I’m happy with those guidelines and how we go about things as a team.

“It’s not going to make me take any extra precautions.”

Both teams head to Melbourne looking to defend their unbeaten form in this year’s tournament.


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