This Sunday, July 17 in New Zealand, the sandwiches are struggling to be buttered, the faces seem crestfallen and the news is bad. For the first time since 1994, the All Blacks lose a summer series against a European team. An extremely rare scenario that indicates the thunderstorm in the land of the long white cloud. Where rugby is king, defeat is forbidden. Therefore, the country’s media and officials reported after the game. Mark Robinson, chairman of New Zealand Rugby, released an official statement on social media to analyze the situation. He declares :
Congratulations to the Irish team on their well-deserved win last night, but it’s clear that the All Blacks’ performance on the whole series was not acceptable, compared to what they reflected. We all know there is a tremendous amount of work to be done. Our focus now is to work with Ian (Foster) and his team to fully understand, ahead of the Rugby Championship, what is needed to improve performance and how to proceed. We will begin this work immediately.
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If the Federation confirms Ian Foster through this statement, it does not spare its world-renowned selection. In the local media, the performance of Sam Cane and his teammates was not unanimous either. The most virulent reaction is surely that of journalist Jamie Wall who describes this training as “worst All Blacks in history”. At the microphone of Sky Sports, the reaction was also quick. Commenting on these performances, legend Sean Fitzpatrick confides as follows: “The questions asked will be: do they have the right coaches? Do they have the right head coach? We were upgraded, no doubt. The All Blacks used to worry about them peaking too soon before the World Cup, but at least that’s no longer a worry. And when you consider the following facts, it’s hard to see how Foster can keep his job.» Following the match, the New Zealand journalist Marc Hinton adds for Things : “A trainer change must now be repeated. Maintaining Ian Foster in his post must be on the razor’s edge.”