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Against The Odds

By Matt McIlraith, Matt Te Pou

Against The Odds

Against the Odds traces the evolution of the New Zealand Māori team during the professional rugby era, as seen through the eyes of the players and coach Matt Te Pou – one of the most influential Māori figures in the game. 

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Against the Odds traces the evolution of the New Zealand Māori team during the professional rugby era, as seen through the eyes of the players and coach Matt Te Pou – one of the most influential Māori figures in the game. 

The book highlights the development of the players’ personal, cultural and rugby skills from 1995–2001 and how Te Pou’s upbringing and military service in Vietnam helped him shape the vision he bought to the team. There are moments of sheer triumph and heartbreak, as well as an insider’s view of some of the more colourful incidents in the modern history of the New Zealand Māori team – both on the field and away from it! Against the Odds is an intriguing insight into the national treasure that is the New Zealand Māori team. It’s a rugby story with a difference.

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  • ISBN: 9781869692513
  • Dimension: 150 x 230 mm
  • Pages: 300
  • Format: Softback
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 01 Nov 2006

This book describes how Matt Te Pou's coaching of the Maori rugby team achieved a winning record envied in the rugby world.

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About the Author

Matt McIlraith

Matt McIlraith has an extensive background in sports administration, promotional expertise and media management in New Zealand and Australia. Matt has been the communications manager for New Zealand Rugby, the media manager for the Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby Football Union and the media manager for the Australian Rugby Union Ltd. Matt’s other t... Read More

About the Author

Matt Te Pou

Matt Te Pou has a long history in leadership coaching, facilitating and team building. He spent 23 years of his career in the army and served as an instructor at the elite Officer Military College Duntroon in Australia for three years. For 11 years Matt was the coach of the New Zealand Māori Rugby team, taking the team from an amateur sport to a pr... Read More

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