‘Not good sufficient’, Foster under fire as All Blacks head home

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Nov 22 (Reuters) – Finishing the season with 12 wins out of 15 exams would most likely not set off a disaster for many main rugby nations however All Blacks coach Ian Foster will head home from Europe to a storm of requires his sacking.

Back-to-back losses to Ireland and France to conclude their end-of-season tour, on prime of the 31-29 defeat by the hands of world champions South Africa in October, have introduced many All Blacks followers to the tip of their tether.

A ballot of greater than 18,000 followers by the New Zealand Herald discovered backing for the coach to maintain his job at solely 4.5%, whereas callers to talkback radio reveals have lambasted each Foster and the New Zealand Rugby board that prolonged his contract in July.

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After the 40-25 loss to France on Saturday evening, Foster insisted that the All Blacks had been making progress, whereas conceding that his aspect had maybe run out of juice on the finish of a protracted marketing campaign.

A primary loss to France in Paris since 1973, the very best variety of defeats in a single season since 2009, and second place on the planet rankings will not be statistics that sit properly with followers simply two years out from the 2023 World Cup.

“The All Blacks wanted to end the year as the number one ranked side in the world, but they traipsed off Stade de France unsure if they can honestly say they are even in the top five,” rugby author Gregor Paul wrote within the Herald.

“The problem for the All Blacks now is that the world doesn’t fear them because the world doesn’t have to.”

Self-pity just isn’t a top quality indulged in All Blacks tradition and skilled hooker Dane Coles was clear that the gamers wanted to do some good, exhausting pondering over the summer time break.

“We’ve got to look ourselves in the eye and have those tough conversations we can’t shy away from,” Coles informed Stuff Media.

“These last two games haven’t been good enough. We need to take everything out of it, dissect it and we need to be better going forward.”

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Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, modifying by Shri Navaratnam

Rugby Union - Autumn International - France v New Zealand -  Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France - November 20, 2021 New Zealand head coach Ian Foster during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes