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“It’s time for a change.” The owner of Herald of New Zealand of this Monday, August 8, 2022, the main newspaper of New Zealandwith below a photo of Ian Fosteris uncompromising: the coach of the All the blacks is in the eye of the storm after the 3rde consecutive defeat of his team, dominated head and shoulders by theSouth Africa (26-10) during the 1sttime day of Rugby Championship.
For the media, it’s time for Forster to go, to “avoid the worst for the 2023 World Cup”. And the name of Scott Robertson, versatile coach of the Crusaders, is proposed at will. Things indicate that Forster’s fate is sealed whatever happens in the next game (against the Springboks, editor’s note), but that Robertson’s appointment is not certain.
The worst defeat against South Africa in the modern era
For several weeks, Ian Forster has raised the ire of the country and calls for his resignation. After missing out on Ireland’s summer home tour, he just cashed in on the the Springboks’ heaviest defeat in the modern erathe second highest ever against the South African nation.
Bored in the game, crushed in close melee, dominated in the physical struggle in Nelspruit, the All Blacks were painful. The Daily Maverick, a South African medium, believes that the All Blacks “are doing well with this 26-10 and they were lucky that it was not worse for them. […] If the Boks had been more accurate in attack, they could have scored 40 points or more.” Ian Foster, dared to let loose: “It was probably our best performance of the year. There are enough elements to show that we are going in the right direction”. A form of denial? Either way, these comments fall flat in the country
“Ian Forster is one of the worst coaches in the history of the All Blacks”
According to Chris Rattue of the New Zealand Herald, “Ian Foster is one of the worst managers in All Blacks history and a dead man who can barely walk”. The numbers hurt – he has the lowest winning percentage in charge of the New Zealand team.
Gregor Paul, from the same newspaper, writes that “trust has been broken, all hope has been lost. It would be madness for New Zealand rugby to do anything but pull out the chequebook, pay the termination fee on Ian Forster’s contract (he is tied up until the end of the 2023 World Cup, editor’s note) and inaugurate a new era.”
A psychologist sounds the alarm
A sports psychologist, however, has sounded the alarm at the overly vehement criticism of the All Blacks at present, with some players even receiving death threats, mainly on social media. For Sara Chatwin, this could harm her mental health and affect her future results.
If All Blacks fans really want to support them, they need to leave them alone. […] You have to be aware that the players are mostly human, and that some of them are young. Some players will do well after being booed by the crowd, but others could be very affected and stressed in the next few games.
This underlines that the team’s confidence is “at its lowest ebb”, but that there is no point in pushing it even further. Because this Saturday, August 13, the All Blacks will meet South Africa again, in Johannesburg. Obviously it will be about revenge, but mostly about breaking the current black streak and proving that the All Blacks are not dead.
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