It’s often overemphasised but one of the most important things we tend to hear when it comes to potential challenges on Lions Tours is developing team camaraderie or an element of bonding between players.
A lot of the soundbites coming out of Lions camps over the past few weeks have been that the players believe this is an aspect which is blown out of proportion somewhat – that developing friendships is much easier when you are all striving towards the one goal.
That goal being achieving a historic series success against the best international side in world rugby. Joe Marler, speaking to the media earlier this week at Carton House, revealed that he made new roommate Taulupe Faletau fill out a questionnaire about himself in order to get to know him better.
Dan Cole was speaking today at the Lions’ base in Co. Kildare where he revealed he has a much simpler method than Marler’s when it comes to getting to know his new colleagues.
“No, I find just talking to them helps! The quirks of Marler’s personality is that instead of asking questions which come naturally to you, as you would, he decides to invent a questionnaire. But no, I’d just find that talking and listening helps.”
The simple ways are often the most effective and it’s no surprise that such a way of thinking belongs to Cole considering his no-nonsense way of playing the game on the pitch.