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'A total cop out' - Twitter reacts to axing of All Blacks coaching staff

By Stefan Frost
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Ian Foster’s tenure as head coach of the All Blacks has received plenty of criticism on Twitter after his side fell to a hugely disappointing series defeat by Ireland.


The 32-22 loss at the hands of the Irish in Wellington confirmed what many feared was coming. Not only had New Zealand lost at home against Ireland for the first time in their history, they had succumbed to a first ever test series defeat to the men in green.

With much of the blame being heaped on Foster’s doorstep, his job status looked to be in jeopardy. However, he has kept his job while John Plumtree and Brad Mooar have left the set-up ahead of the upcoming Rugby Championship, for which Foster has named a 36-man squad set to face South Africa.

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South African journalist Brendan Nel wrote: “Ian Foster sacks John Plumtree and Brad Mooar, both exceptionally good coaches in their own right. So they’re the scapegoats. But the man in charge gets away scot free. As its the head coach that makes the decisions, how did he get away with that?”

New Zealand rugby writer Jamie Wall wryly noted how NZR had already forked out roughly £200,000 to buy Mooar out of his Scarlet’s contract.


Ollie Ritchie, a sports reporter for News Hub, took to Twitter to point out the pitfalls of the coaching core that was supposed to benefit the All Blacks.

Twitter user Spencer Lilley agreed with these scathing views and said he believes the sacking of two assistant coaches was a huge cop out done to protect Foster.

One outraged fan noted: “Nothing says true leadership like throwing your employees under the bus so you can stay in power. Great work, Ian Foster, and what a great example! You and Frizell can go make a proper show of cleaning the sheds after next game to show you really get it!”

Another fan boldly claimed this was the “worst All Blacks team of All time”, adding that he thought Sam Cane was not worthy of a starting spot in the team.

Fans of other nations saw the humour in the decision and decided to mock the situation brewing in New Zealand.


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