Duncan Garner does hypocrisy like no other

Duncan Garner writes an op-ed about the All Blacks.

You don’t have to be a big rugby fan to be fascinated by the All Blacks taking on Wales tonight.

‘Succession planning’ is a big buzzword in business these days – and it’s as applicable on a rugby field as it is in a boardroom.

It’s arguably the biggest test Steve Hansen has faced as a coach: this is not about inheriting and tweaking Graham Henry’s world conquering squad.

This is about replacing a bevy of gritty, hardened champions such as Richie McCaw, Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith and building for the future.

Regardless, we expect the All Blacks to win and win well tonight. This is not only the most successful rugby team on the planet – it is also the best and most consistent international sports team in the world.And even if Kieran Read’s blokes get into a dark place at Eden Park tonight, and it becomes a messy arm-wrestle, we still expect them to prevail.

First tests of the season are never pretty for the All Blacks, but we’ll win tonight.

Of course we shouldn’t under-estimate this Welsh side and the All Blacks have paid them all manner of of compliments in the lead up to this test.

Wales are hugely experienced and we have lost more than 800 caps with the retirement of our six most senior players.

But we’re better, faster, more skilled and supremely prepared.

The All Blacks should be vulnerable tonight, a new captain with just 88 tests and a new midfield – but none of us really think they are. That’s how good they really are.

That’s why we expect Hansen’s men to win most of the time (I’m told Wayne Smith is pivotal to the success too.)

Hansen’s team have lost just three times in 52 matches. This All Black team wins more than 90 per cent of its games.

Hansen is easily our most successful coach. He’s also a brilliant selector. He doesn’t pick many duds.

He’s loyal and consistent and the players react to that. They know where they stand.

The team culture appears to be a genuine brotherhood. They want to perform for each other.

is truly the best sports side, both on and off the field.

They have seriously embraced rugby professionalism as it enters just its 21st year.

The All Blacks have a 76 per cent winning record since 1903. We have won 413 of 538 games over that period.

Only five nations have ever beaten us.

Hansen’s world-class record even stands above that. But there’s something else that has been created under this Graham Henry/Steve Hansen reign.

It’s about these All Blacks being good men. They appear genuinely humble guys. Bad buggers, difficult men, don’t make the cut.

I look at young blokes like Liam Squire, Elliot Dixon, Ardie Savea, Lima Sopoaga, Charlie Ngatai and Damian McKenzie and they carry the hopes and dreams of our rugby nation in the years ahead.

It has become a huge responsibility. They can become one-hit wonders or giants of the game.

I sense the way Hansen runs his team they will be the latter. Good luck tonight lads.

What would you expect the headline to be on this piece?  What photo should go along with it? 

OK, Duncan then ended his piece with the following

Speaking of lads, that brings me to the nation’s first son: Max Key.

Yes, his decision to pose for a magazine photo shoot with an unlit cigarette was poorly judged.

He is a bright, intelligent young bloke and he should have known better. It’s not cool.

Max doesn’t even smoke. So let’s not crucify the poor bugger for this.

I caught up with Max at Joseph Parker’s recent fight. He’s an impressive and polite young man.

He’s come a long way from that boy in shorts up on stage that night in 2008 when his dad was elected prime minister.

I’m sure the same people who criticise Max also don’t like his father and his politics. But Max has the right to forge his own path and to choose to live in the public spotlight.

He puts himself out there and cops some criticism as a result. But he struck me as being a well-adjusted guy, who spent four years working at McDonald’s for pocket money, even though his dad is a multi-millionaire.

Blame social media for this sort of backlash. Jim Bolger’s kids certainly didn’t have these problems when he was running the country.

The world is different now and Max Key is the face of that. I find it refreshing that he and his sister are living their own lives and don’t live under a rock because of who their dad is.

And hats off to the prime minister for allowing his kids to be who they want to be.

So now what do you think the headline and photo of this op-ed was?


Max Key being half naked holding a prop cigarette in a photo shoot now rates better on the “news” than the All Blacks.

And Duncan, while pretending to rail against it, just feeds the monster more crap.

Duncan calls Max’s photo shoot with a cigarette “poorly judged”

I beg your ******** pardon?


Duncan does whatever it takes.  Which is fine.

I just wish he would stop trying to appear self righteous when he does it.  He’s nothing more than a shock-jock showman that does whatever it takes to justify his continued employment.  Which is fine.  He’s being paid to do a job.

But let’s drop the pretense of real outrage or genuine emotions.  He’s a fake.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.