Are morals important for the rugby selection process

News 09/07/2019

A University of Otago study has found New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has a list of socially orientated “character assessment values” which they use to assess players’ character during the selection process.

Associate Professor Tania Cassidy, of the School of Physical Education, joins Magic Talk Drive to explain that leading international academic are also calling for moral values to be considered such as compassion, fairness, sportspersonship and integrity.

Guest host Brendan Telfer first asks Tania what is really wrong with the current selection criteria? Associate Professor Cassidy explains that the criteria itself is not bad but could be improved.

I think it's quite applaudable that New Zealand Rugby explicitly states character values in their six pillar development model.

Brendan then asks if their should be more emphasis placed on the moral fibre of the potential All Black candidates. Tania expects that some of those expectations already exist referencing the belief "that if a player had better self-reliance then it was better for the All Blacks".

You can watch the full interview above.