NEW Zealand rugby union captain Kieran Read has crossed the code demarkation line to address the Warriors on mental toughness.
“(The) coaching staff got in touch and said ‘do I want to come down and speak the boys?’,” Read told the Warriors’ website.
“Here I am. It’s pretty cool. I jumped at it, always been a fan of the Warriors, ever since I was a little fella. I’m enjoying the opportunity.
“They’re a team that throws the ball around and really loves just expressing themselves. That’s why I loved them back in the day, similar now.”
Footage shown along with a video interview indicated Read had shared a powerpoint presentation on mental preparation.
He continued: “So for me I was just coming in and helping them out with a little bit of that expectation that we have as an All Black is similar to what they have in the competition.
“So, trying to help them a bit with the mental side of the game. Just a little chat and hopefully they took a little bit out of it.
“In all top level sport it comes down to … the mental side of sport is the difference between the really top guys and the guys who are potentially just under that.