As the interview wound down, and talk inevitably shifted to RWC 2011, Williams had this to say:
We can't fear greatness. None of us will be great or superstars if we don't win a Rugby World Cup
That's real frankness from the recalled All Black lock. But most of all, it shows that the biggest fear this All Black team has is fear itself. If they can counter the fear of greatness, they will be great players in a great team.
Williams also suggested that the biggest learning the All Blacks face is to put aside their desire to play attractive rugby, and perfect the art of winning ugly. That is music to our ears, because a RWC final is not going to be a try-fest. As Ali Williams noted, it's far better to play ugly rugby and be ahead by one point when the final whistle blows that to throw the ball around and come up one point short.
This was great stuff from Ali Williams. Welcome back to the All Blacks big fella!