I don't know why you highlighted during the tournament
and not long after the tournament ended
. Anyway, the fact is that any drug would still be detected afterwards and not just at the time. I also want to point out that after the first World Cup the Blacks went on to crush Wales the following year with astronomically high scores like 52-3 and 54-9, then against Japan where they humiliated All Japan with triple digit numbers, and ask you: don't you think the Blacks were seriously scrutinized for any use of drugs during these tournaments? Is it you who's being naïve? I agree when say that if there's not one out of five hundred professional athletes tested positive it could show ineffective testing procedures, but when you include the Blacks in that group it's just random and fool-hardy generalization. You fired off another insult - about not reading up on steroids - so I guess I think it's fair for me to say that you have no knowledge of professional rugby teams particularly the All Blacks, the main subject concerning this topic. I noticed that you misconstrued my comments about Blair; I was being facetious, but you've really belittled his reputation by saying he's "formerly respected" (he still is respected) and that he's a "coach" (he's not, he's a fitness trainer - there's a difference). And...hmmm...I'm really starting to detect a British bias against the All Blacks here.
So, no offence, but anyone who is willing to take such a story at face value without being more than just wary of how such results can be achieved is, sorry, naive.
Yes, no doubt anybody and everybody would raise a suspicious eyebrow. But as I said earlier, such innovative training methods have been employed by the NZ team over the past years and the players have always come out clean. Now I'm not saying rigorous doping tests might as well be dropped when it comes to the All Blacks and that the doping officials should take the team's word for it. Now that
would be acting naïve. They should go ahead and test - hell, test each player more than five hundred times. It's just that I think you're really slinging mud at a brilliant rugby team that have an impressive history behind them, and are regarded as some of the finest athletes in the sporting world. You're basically going on about raising doubts over their new conditioning program being drug-free and making it sound like they're a bunch of lying cheats, when in fact they're under the tutelage of the finest group of sports trainers worldwide.
I tell you what, should any one of the All Blacks get caught with steroids/performance enhancing drugs in their system from now until the end of this year I'll buy you fifteen drinks of your choice.