^^Well that's it in a nutshell right there, they take it serious at 9 year old level let alone college or 20's.
NZ children at 9 years old are told to go out and have fun with friends and enjoy it, heres your pie, potato chips and coke, well done son!.. "it's not about winning it's all about enjoyment and participation!" WTF is that attitude?!, this is what has seperated OZ and NZ at sports for years, NZ it's for enjoyment at that age ,Aussie kids all out to win fark the enjoyment part.
I assist with the coaching and it is all about structure.....how to hold your hands for the ball, where to put your head for the tackle, how to line up in D.....mate is amazing what they do here compared to what I was used back in NZ...I think the word is "Professionalism"...they have a must win at all costs mentality that carries through the ages.....Mental Toughness