After 15 years and 8 world cups, the New Zealand All Blacks have made rugby history today being the first team ever to win back-to-back championship, the third for the team franchise.
Talk about fostering a culture of excellence!
You simply cannot reach the top echelons of your sport, time and time again without establishing such a culture. They have shown once more that even under huge pressure, they had the ability to bring their best into play and working as a team, where able to dig deep to deliver an outstanding performance defeating the Australian Wallabies for the cup. Richie McCaw, the All Blacks captain sums up well what they had to do after the the Wallibies were starting to mount a comeback during the second half of the game: "[we were] doing the simple things to get the ball back, and get back the control".
Simple things done well.
Their dominance was not a one evening affair. Under the supervision of Coach Steve Hansen, three-times World Rugby Coach of the Year, they have won 49 of their last 52 international matches, a 94% win rate, something rarely heard of in the world of sport.
Yet, to fully understand the depth of this organisation, you have to go back further to realise that Hansen had taken over from Sir Graham Henry, himself one of the most successful rugby coach of all times.
This is the perfect example of one of the most important thing about excellence: you cannot buy your way to it, you need to foster it, develop it so that over time it grows and establishes itself.
Congratulations to the All Blacks, this championship is a testament to the hard work you have put into every moment leading to this.
Excellence well deserved!