Union ascends

Mary Mahe, Media 365, published on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 2:00 PM.

New Zealand Rugby Union announced this Sunday, the day after the All Blacks’ fresh defeat to Ireland, an “immediate” resumption of the selection control.

Defeat is going very badly. This Saturday, for the second time in a row, New Zealand fell to Ireland (22-32). A new setback seems to be causing a stir in the country. This Sunday, through a press release, the New Zealand Rugby Union, which considered this new defeat “unacceptable”, rose to the level, even announcing an “immediate” resumption of the selection control. This new defeat weakens coach Ian Foster, whose future is now more than uncertain. Via this famous press release, Mark Robinson, who is none other than the head of the New Zealand rugby team, spoke. Hence he specifically mentioned:Congratulations to Team Ireland on their well deserved victory last night but it’s clear that the All Blacks’ performance in this series has not been tolerable.And we know they’ve thought about it. We all know there is an enormous amount of work to be done. Our goal is to work with Ian and his team to fully understand, prior to the rugby tournament, what we need to do to improve and what needs to be done from now on. We will begin this work immediately.”

What about Foster’s future?

A new defeat against these Irish is recorded in history. In fact, this is the first time since 1994 that New Zealand have lost twice in a row, at home and against a European team. At that time, it was France that had already achieved this feat. As for the All Blacks, they never lost a home test series against them Ireland, whose first win in the country goes back only to the previous Saturday, along with Dunedin (23-12). New Zealand’s first defeat weakened the position of Ian Foster, who has held the position as coach since 2020, but his poor results have accumulated since last year.

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