READER REPORT:

Off the long run: We punch above our weight

OLIVER MACINTYRE
Last updated 05:00 12/02/2013
Richie McCaw
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ON TOP: For a small country, New Zealand has had some great sporting achievements.

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New Zealand is made up of 4.4 million people. That ranks us 122nd on the list of countries by population.

Sport is an immense part of Kiwis' lives but we are swayed dramatically by individual and team results. Positive outcomes are often left lingering in our minds, such as the All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup.

But replacing 'All' with 'Caps' spurs remarks not too dissimilar to "poor performance", "abysmal team" and "in need of change".

These comments and attitudes are short-sighted, spur of the moment and, in all honesty, wrong. In the words of lyricist David Dallas, "life is a series of peaks and drops".

"And you don't know whether you're in a drop until you're climbing out, or on a peak until you're coming down. And that's it, you know, you never know what's around the corner, but it's all good."

In a country limited by resources, professionals and, now, supporters, we must never lose sight of what we do achieve in comparison to all our overseas competitors, and simply take the good with the bad.


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