One of these blokes is a rugby expert with a few thoughts on how to win the Rugby World Cup.
The other is an All Blacks coach who’s already won one.
And there, in a nutshell, is why New Zealand rugby is consistently the best in the world.
The bloke on the left is, of course, Wayne Smith, aka Smithy. (We’ve really got to work on the nicknames, people.) Fairly useful first-five in his day, then Crusaders coach, then All Blacks coach, then assistant coach to Lord Ted for the 2007 and 2011 campaigns. For my money he’s one of the game’s deep thinkers, and one of the key reasons why Sonny Bill Williams made such an impact when he switched codes. Last December Smithy signed on to be Shag’s defensive coach for the 2015 campaign.
The bloke on the right is a loyal member of the Order of the Black Heart, and recently appointed to the ancient and noble title of Lord High Barbecue Chamberlain for his fine service in sidling up to Smithy and getting the selfie. (Identity disguised as he’s also Grand Poobah of the OBH special tactics squadron, in charge of passing on tips to stray coaches on beaches.)
There’s the best of New Zealand rugby culture in one picture. A legend of the game enjoying just another camping holiday at a northern beach, and happy to have a yarn about rugby with just another bloke in damp shorts.
Can’t see the Pongos doing that, myself.