Beauden Barrett Has the All Blacks’ social media focus cost them?

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Beauden Barrett Scott Barrett and brother Beauden Barrett pose for a selfie after the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup quarterfinal win over Ireland.

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Scott Barrett and brother Beauden Barrett pose for a selfie after the All Blacks’ Rugby World Cup quarterfinal win over Ireland.

ANALYSIS:Are the All Blacks too obsessed with social media, and could that have distracted them at the Rugby World Cup?

While World Cup finalists England and champions South Africa were mostly asleep on social media, the All Blacks had a loud party.

It may be laughable to suggest social media was the difference between making the final or not, but could constant use of social media have stolen some focus from the task at hand?

The All Blacks were heads above the rest of the world rugby teams in their social media offerings to fans, at this Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Beauden Barrett Dr Sherylle Calder (L), England's vision awareness coach, works with England centre Manu Tuilagi on a reactions drill.

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Dr Sherylle Calder (L), England’s vision awareness coach, works with England centre Manu Tuilagi on a reactions drill.

Social love was spread across most of the All Blacks Instagram and Twitter accounts for adoring fans and rugby opposition to see.

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It has gained them popularity and likes around the world – and the hearts of those in Japan.

But England and South Africa gave away little on their social accounts in the six weeks since the World Cup began.

Winning South African coach Rassie Erasmus placed a hold on his players using social media until the job was done. Now the team can proudly celebrate.

All professional athletes need down time off the field to do what they want, be it shopping, golf, or sing alongs.

Beauden Barrett South Africa's coach Rassie Erasmus has kicked social media use in the team to touch during the tournamant.

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South Africa’s coach Rassie Erasmus has kicked social media use in the team to touch during the tournamant.

Many of the All Blacks’ squad are under 30, and it is a natural for males of this age and in the limelight to share the fun moments.

However, first second and third – South Africa, England and New Zealand – had different social media results.

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has taken the social media trend so seriously he put a loose ban on his players using it. 

He steered players from social media to refocus on playing for their country.

Erasmus, himself, was one of the more colourful coaches on the team’s social account Bok Rugby, often keeping fans updated and delivering one last thank you on the eve of the final.

Captain Siya Kolisi praised Erasmus’ leadership and said the players no longer focus on building their social media profiles, but on performing well. 

Beauden Barrett Sevu Reece sings Six60 last week before the England v All Blacks semifinal.

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Sevu Reece sings Six60 last week before the England v All Blacks semifinal.

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