An open letter to the New Zealand Rugby Union. ‘Let my boy play!’
CEO Mark Robinson
All Blacks Captain Sam Whitelock
16th February 2022
Dear Mark and Sam,
I am the father of three girls and have been blessed that they have provided my wife and I with 13 wonderful grandchildren. Like all kiwi children they are proud of their country and their way of life in what we all call “Gods-own”.
Their national pride has been augmented in many ways, but not least by how our small country competes on the world sporting stage and more than holds its own with countries with massive financial backing. We all know that at the forefront of this pride is our unwavering support for the All Blacks.
It has to be said that our national identification in many parts of the world is only through the performance of our wonderful kiwi competitors.
Not to be disparaging with other NZ codes and athletes I believe that if it wasn’t for the All Blacks many overseas peoples knowledge of NZ would be the label affixed to a prime piece of Lamb.
The NZRFU has cultured this image and have done a wonderful job of promoting the best of this country through our ambassadors in black.
With such influence comes responsibility. Many youngsters particularly would trust the views of an All Black than certainly politicians or health bureaucrats.
One of my grandsons is 12 years old and unsurprisingly loves his rugby All Blacks. His younger brother is fanatical about his heroes in black. Not surprisingly they are affiliated to the local rugby club and train several times a week – they love it.
Mark and Sam, I think you and your peers have created this brand, and with that comes the requirement to explain the rationale about decisions that are made in the name of NZ Rugby and by association the All Blacks.
The eldest has now been told that to play rugby he must be vaccinated. For a twelve-year-old this is a simple decision he will do anything to play rugby.
I would like you to outline the risk assessment that you must have conducted to support such a discriminatory decision.
The following are undisputable facts that too many make this decision unfathomable:
- Children are at virtually no risk from this virus – Germany is one country that announced that no child has died from this virus.
- Sweden, Denmark and many other countries who have done studies have said that the risk benefit assessment re Covid and the young is heavily in favour of not risking the experimental vaccine.
- Many health organisations around the world have not supported the vaccines for the young only to be overwritten by politicians
- This is still an experimental therapy with no long-term data on effects particularly for our kiwi children.
I do not think it is unreasonable to ask, that given the above and the magnificent job your organisation has done to promote your sport and influence particularly our young kiwis for you to publicly state whether you support the following:
“That to play rugby in NZ 12-year-olds and above must take the experimental vaccine”
I do not have any qualms with asking that our revered All Blacks who have a deserved lifestyle which, in a major part is driven by this branding speak out and say whether they believe that they want to put their name and reputation to this coercion from rugby organisations.
In addition I would also ask if your organisation will commit to support these youngsters should this medical intervention result in an adverse reaction?
The branding of NZ Rugby is a marketing masterpiece and I congratulate your organisation for that. This branding has resulted in many New Zealanders trusting the men in black more than virtually anyone else.
Mark, Sam I beg of you do not sit on the fence.
Tell me a grandfather of 71 years, that you and those magnificent athletes inspiring admiration throughout the world, whether my grandson has to risk his health to play the sport you have made so important in his life.
Call a press conference and tell us your views. Ask your medical people to explain which studies they have read that have contributed to their view. Please do not trot out the “safe and effective” line that flies in the face thousands of medical reviews.
Many of the great All Blacks have said that there are times in a game where leadership is required.
The All Blacks know at such times that their team possess many of these leaders and they step up.
This country now needs such leadership.
Mark, Sam ………..Richie M, Dan Carter you great All Blacks of the past speak out.
I beg you – let my boy play!