Slack, who played 39 tests and won 14 of his 19 tests as skipper, sees parallels between the Graham Henry’s All Blacks and the aging Australian side he led to a semifinal exit at the first World Cup more than 24 years ago.
Of the current All Blacks team, seven players are on the wrong side of 30, with 36-year-old lock Brad Thorn the oldest in the team.
“By anyone’s standards it’s an ageing team. It doesn’t mean it’s a bad team, but they’re going to need a bit of luck,” Slack told Reuters.
Like the Wallabies, who Slack reckons in 1986 following their ground-breaking Bledisloe Cup series victory in New Zealand, he feels the current All Blacks side might be just past its pride.
“Dare I say it, potentially there’s a bit of the ’87 Wallabies in the All Blacks at the moment.”