New Zealand’s most winningest Rugby World Cup Prime Minister John Keys has announced he will not lead the All Blacks to victory in 2019, saying it’s time someone else had a go.
“I’ve had a great time inspiring and leading from the front as the guys have won back to back RWCses, but it might be time for a fresh pair of hands on the rudder,” an emotional Mr Keys told WWNews in an exclusive interview inside the All Blacks’ beer chiller. “The boys have had a great time being in my presence and I’m sure they have enjoyed basking in the limelight that surrounds me, which no doubt has helped them perform almost as well on the field as I have in real life.”
Mr Keys paid tribute to several team non-playing team members who had been of great assistance during the lengthy campaign. “I don’t want to embarrass them by naming names but they know who they are, and who I am,” he said. “And without guys like that turning up week after week, I wouldn’t have been able to get the great results I’ve achieved.”
While a successor to take on to the country’s top job has yet to be named, Cpl Willie Apiata VC has been tipped as a front runner, with Lydia Ko and Rachel Glucina a close second.
Mr Keys was reluctant to say what he might turn his considerable talents to once he left the All Blacks squad, but ruled out running the country. “It’s not really my thing,” he said. “I might try show business – I’ve had several offers – or a book. Apparently they’re good fun to read.”