Kiwi and All Black mental toughness

Each of New Zealand’s national rugby teams roared back to snatch victories from the jaws of defeat this weekend. First, the Kiwis (rugby league) won its World Cup semi-final against hosts England with the final play of the game; then, the following afternoon, the All Blacks (rugby union) somehow managed to claw their way back from 7-22 at half-time, defeating Ireland in Dublin also in the dying seconds of the match. That neither side panicked when facing defeat with so little time remaining, is a sobering reminder of what is a prerequisite to prevailing in tight, tense, pressured sporting contests – mental toughness.

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