I just love this quote because it puts sport in perspective to other elements of life as well as highlighting how to have a thriving in sport mindset.

Here is his quote which I am taking verbatim from his post-match press conference:

“The first All-Black game was a great test run for us in terms of handling pressure. We were terrible in that week, the way we were tense and talking about things. We were just terrible, the whole week was a terrible build up for that whole game.

“That taught us a lot about how we would handle the quarter-final, semi-final and final.

“Overall we started talking about what is pressure and in South Africa pressure is not having a job, pressure is one of your close relatives being murdered, in South Africa there is a lot of problems which is pressure and we started talking about things like that. And rugby shouldn’t be something that creates pressure on you, rugby should be something that creates hope so we started talking about things like we have got a privelge of giving people hope and not a burden of giving people hope.

“But hope is not talking about hope and saying you’ve got hope and tweet a beautiful tweet and things like that, hope is when you play well and people watch the game on a Saturday and they have a nice braai well barbecue for people who doesn’t know what a braai is. And have a nice barbecue and watch the game and feel good afterwards and no matter of your political differences or religious differences or whatever for those 80-minutes you agree on a lot of things when you normally disagree.

“And start living in that and saying that this is not our responsibility but our privilege to fix those things. The moment you see things in that way it becomes a hell of a privelege to start working towards that and I think that was the way we tackled this whole world cup campaign”.

To see the man himself delivering the wisdom take a look here

Declan “Inspired” Treanor


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