In honour of that bizarre claim, here’s a list of 10 things which made the Kiwis’ World Cup campaign one of the worst tournaments in their history, none of which were caused by a fan or journalist. (Photo: NRLPhotos).
1: Force you to base your entire tournament around a philosophy of “Kiwi footy” which was basically just your team offloading lots and switching the ball, with poor completion rates. Very clever, David.
2: Make excuses every time you performed badly so there was no accountability in your team.
3: Concede needless ruck penalties which gave Fiji their four points.
4: Run for over than 300 metres less than Fiji.
5: Miss over 10 per cent of your tackles against Fiji.
6: Get Jordan Rapana sin-binned against Fiji.
7: Cause you to leak five tries in a single half against Tonga.
8: Drop the ball 14 times against Tonga.
9: Tell you to make up stupid phrases like “make betters”, which irritated everyone when you weren’t performing.
10: Pick your 24-man squad or team each week.