I don’t see how anyone can disagree with me here, but I’ll put it in a firm statement: Ian Foster must go as the All Blacks head coach.
In five games he has a record of two wins, two losses and one draw. Probably substantial for any other country, especially a Wallaby coach (shots fired), but that is highly unacceptable for an All Blacks team. When the head coaching role went live, there were a plethora of options available. It was literally a ‘take your pick’ type of deal.
The All Blacks decided to go with departing coach Steve Hansen’s referral, his assistant over the most dominant All Black period. Now let’s just settle things. Good assistants don’t always make good head coaches – and it is so evident in this stance.
The All Blacks lack fluidity, they lack the skills we’ve been accustomed to and they lack the aura that they once had. It is fading quickly.
The best option regarding the head coaching role was so obvious to the fans and even the media. Scott Robertson down in Christchurch has taken the Crusaders to three straight Super Rugby titles, and in a COVID-altered competition, led them to a Super Rugby Aotearoa title, as well.
He’s proven himself in the New Zealand junior system as well and was the man the people wanted. New Zealand Rugby Union decided to go with what Hansen said and gave Foster a two-year deal.
This deal needs to be finished immediately. The All Blacks and their fans don’t accept mediocrity, but this is what the Foster-led All Blacks side is dishing up.
Something needs to change quickly before another Test against the Pumas in Newcastle in a fortnight’s time. If nothing changes there too, maybe the contract needs to be for one season only.
Give the people what they want. Give us Razor.