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There’s no prize for guessing which All Blacks the students and staff at Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth are watching out for in tomorrow’s crunch World Cup semifinal against England.
It’s Barretts all the way and just a question of which of the terrific trio they are barracking for most.
The Barrett brothers – Beauden, Scott and Jordie – are all alumni of Francis Douglas and starred in the school’s 1st XV.
Deputy principal Tim Stuck had the pleasure of coaching all three, but was first to admit they had some key elements embedded in their game even before arriving at high school.
“I think it’s [down to] their work ethic and their understanding of the game, but you know, it stems from probably playing footie in the backyard and going to school down the coast and coming into Francis Douglas Memorial College and then heading on to the greener pasture as well.”
Even when pressed, Stuck was not keen on taking too much credit for the Barretts’ success.
“Absolutely not. There’s been a number of coaches that they’ve had along the way that have had an impact and I suspect that the environment they are in at the moment … those coaches have done a pretty good job with them.”
But Stuck believed there could just be something in the water at Francis Dougl
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