Per Clement Mazella
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This Sunday, July 10, the New Zealanders waking up with a strong hangover. Examining the future World Rugby ranking, which will take effect this Monday, they now see the All blacks at 4e square. Never had men in black been so low. The consequences of a historic defeat to Dunedin against Ireland, who had never won on New Zealand soil, but also a very boring period for the three-time world champions (1987, 2011 and 2015).
“Strong proof of the sad decline of the All Blacks”
In a country where rugby is king, the press does not spread and throws red balls to this team whose game has long crashed. And that above all now shows enormous indiscipline. Against Clover’s XV, he received two yellow cards in the first act, but also a red one for the Angus Ta’avao pillar, forcing the All Blacks to play for 50 minutes in numerical inferiority.
Writing in the New Zealand Herald, journalist Gregor Paul described the loss to Ireland as “a condemnatory test of the sad decay of the All Blacks ”. For him, this team was “in bad taste” and avoided “a humiliation for a miraculous defense.” On the Stuff.co website, this team is compared to “a shattered crowd rather than an elite unit proudly defending a record on its national soil.” Fans, on Twitter, used qualifiers “horrible”, “tragic”, “farce”, the copy made by the All Blacks.
Ian Foster under the fire of criticism
Already highlighted for months, the coach Ian Foster it is increasingly criticized by critics. On social media, many New Zealand supporters have called for “his resignation” (“Get out”), to replace him with the Crusaders coach, Scott Robertson. This one, author of impressive results with his province, has always had the favor of the public opinion, and Foster has constantly had the Robertson threat above his head.
To make matters worse, Foster’s results have been in free fall since the end of August 2021 and his contract extension until the 2023 World Cup, with some pressure for his departure at the time. Since that signing, the New Zealanders have played 8 games, with a record of 4 wins and 4 losses. For the All Blacks, it’s inconceivable!
The explanations for this fall
The captain Sam Cane, not as impeccable as the one on the ground, he does not escape the storm, and several voices are also raised so that his stripes are removed. He and Foster play very hard at 3 p.m.e and last test this Saturday in Wellington. A new defeat would represent an industrial disaster, and could have serious consequences. “Something has to change,” he proclaims Stuff.co.
In addition to the legitimate criticism, the local press points to the reasons for this fall of the All Blacks. indiscipline, for sure. It was due to a certain indulgence of the New Zealand referees Super Rugbya competition he has the level is considered low after the departure of the South African teams. And in 2024, Australians will do the same. The Federation is also in the spotlight, more concerned financial future, than the level of youth teams, less dominant than before. In short, just over a year before the 2023 World Cup, there is the start of a big fire in the house of the All Blacks.
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