All Blacks coach Ian Foster, much criticized by the New Zealand media, refused to discuss his future on Saturday after New Zealand’s second consecutive loss at home to Ireland (32-22) at the end of the tour summer.
“I’m only here to talk about the game”he told the press when discussing his situation, a few minutes after the new rout of his team against the XV of Clover in Wellington.
It is the first time the All Blacks have lost back-to-back games at home to a European side since the victorious tour of France in 1994.
It is also the first time that they have lost a series of tests at home against Ireland, which had never won in New Zealand before its success the previous Saturday in Dunedin (23-12).
This first defeat had already weakened Ian Foster a little more, in place since 2020, but who canceled the poor results since last year, with seven defeats in 24 games, including two against Ireland (29-20) and the France (40-25) in November 2021, which had already cast doubt.
Poorly negotiated start to the match
“We had to analyze this series, our initial plans have been modified” said the 57-year-old manager, referring in particular to the Covid cases which affected the Blacks before the first Irish test, including Foster himself.
But, under the interim of former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, the New Zealanders won (42-19) in the first meeting in Auckland.
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“We didn’t create enough chances and we missed the start of the match”he analyzed.
Indeed, during the two defeats, the triple world champions got off to a bad start by conceding a try at the start of the match.
“New Zealanders need to realize they are a very good Irish team and give them credit” he added finally, questioned about the reaction of the supporters.
After this series ” intense “Foster pointed out that the Blacks were going to have to ” roll up their sleeves “.
The New Zealanders will play in August and September the Rugby Championship. They will start with two tests at world champions South Africa on August 6 and 13.