Former All Blacks hooker James Parsons has questioned coach Ian Foster’s approach to managing the New Zealand side’s development.
Parsons’ criticism comes after Foster claimed the team were still ‘rebuilding’ after losing to Argentina in New Zealand for the first time – another unwanted record salvaged by the All Blacks in 2022 .
Learn from black ferns
The former Blues man used the Black Ferns as an example of how building and developing a team should look and contrasted their approach to that of Foster, where limited opportunities were given to players in need of time at Test level.
“If you look at the number of changes every week, every test is an opportunity for players to raise their hand, make the World Cup squad and set the tone for that competitive advantage within that group. “, he told The Aotearoa Rugby Pod. .
“It works, and they still have the chance to win Test matches.
“Whereas [with the All Blacks] we have been seeing a fairly consistent form of selection in these key (areas) for some time,” he explained.
“If I was a player and I heard the coach talking about rebuilding, you should probably expect some changes this week.
“If so, give guys opportunities, Hoskins [Sotutu]roger [Tuivasa-Sheck]Steve [Perofeta].”
Time be realistic
Meanwhile, former All Blacks full-back Mils Muliaina has called on fans and pundits to be realistic about where the team is and that they won’t suddenly return to where they once were.
“Are we realistic about where we are and how close we are, we’re not dominant like we used to be,” he said on The Breakdown.
“We’re not going to go back to those (dominant) stages in the next two or three test matches.
“We have to be patient with the direction these guys take”
The pressure has firmly returned to Foster so soon after being backed by New Zealand rugby until next year’s World Cup. Another defeat will mean more problems for an All Blacks side that are not up to par with their previous performance.
The All Blacks face Argentina again in New Zealand and will be hoping to bounce back and make a charge in the wide-open Rugby League which sees just a five point difference between the top and bottom of the table after three rounds.
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