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island.lk 06 Aug, 2022 00:15 am

The areas All Blacks must fix to stop their slide and upset the Springboks – The Island

The areas All Blacks must fix to stop their slide and upset the Springboks – The Island

New Zealand will start Saturday night’s Rugby Championship opener against the Springboks in a rare position: As underdogs.That is no surprise given the All Blacks’ recent 2-1 series loss to Ireland on home soil, a defeat that has put the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons in New Zealand rugby circles.“The New Zealand defence has been one of the slowest in terms of coming off the line,” Matfield said.” Whether Ryan has enough time to evoke the major shifts needed from the All Blacks forward pack remains to be seen but ahead of the toughest baptism in Test rugby – confronting the Springboks in South Africa – he is targeting the right areas.

While the former Ireland mentor is not with the All Blacks in South Africa, his role as selector/analyst will see him inject fresh ideas from afar.That scenario leaves Foster to assume the attacking brief, alongside his head coach duties, as he attempts to save his job in South Africa.

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