Select Edition

Northern Northern
Southern Southern
Global Global
NZ NZ

Beauden Barrett: ‘It’s not like someone’s died but it’s probably the next worst thing’

By Finn Morton
(Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Some of the biggest names in All Blacks rugby have opened up on last year’s disastrous series defeat to Ireland in New Zealand, with Dane Coles saying he “couldn’t escape” scrutiny.

ADVERTISEMENT

The All Blacks opened their 2022 international season with a comfortable win over northern hemisphere powerhouse Ireland at the fortress that is Eden Park.

But that triumphant victory was practically forgotten a week later. For the first time ever, the All Blacks were beaten by Ireland on New Zealand soil.

Video Spacer

Video Spacer

Playing at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, the All Blacks failed to overcome a slow start as they went down swinging 12-23 in the second Test. The three-match series was off to a decider.

The All Blacks had only lost a series four times on New Zealand soil, and hadn’t lost back-to-back home Tests since 1998.

But records are made to be broken. The All Blacks were outmuscled and outplayed as the Irish recorded a historic 32-22 win in Wellington.

“It’s not like someone’s died but it’s probably the next worst thing,” Beauden Barrett said on the NZR+ docuseries All Blacks: In Their Own Words. “It’s not easy but it’s not supposed to be either.”

Related

ADVERTISEMENT

“Picked up my son from daycare and even the daycare teacher was ripping into me,” Dane Coles added. “I couldn’t escape it.”

Ireland didn’t need to rely on luck in the series decider, they were simply the better team. New Zealand, both the team and nation, were left shocked and distraught.

Dating back to their end-of-season tour the year before, which included losses to Ireland and France, the All Blacks had lost four of their last five Tests – and as we now know, more pain was on the way.

“We had this expectation to win like the All Blacks do and we didn’t,” Ardie Savea said. “For me at that time like I was hurting, just in my heart, it was probably the right to do was to apologise.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“We failed our mission and we fell on the wrong side of history,” playmaker Richie Mo’unga explained. “We let the country down big time.”

But the All Blacks have turned a corner this year, and appear to be tracking well ahead of the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand have won all four of their Tests in 2023, and they’ve claimed victory in style too. Argentina, South Africa and Australia were all beaten, convincingly, by their rugby rivals.

The All Blacks play World Champions South Africa in a World Cup warmup Test at Twickenham next weekend, before opening their tournament against hosts France early next month.

ADVERTISEMENT

Join free

Boks Office | Jesse Kriel reveals the hardest team he had to play at the Rugby World Cup

Big Jim Walks and Talks with Handré Pollard

My Best Half | Episode Two | Katelyn Vahaakolo & Patricia Maliepo

Bernard Jackman & Stuart Hogg | The Big Jim Show | Full Episode

Wildknights v Sungoliath

Beyond 80 | Episode 2

Rugby Europe Men's Championship | Georgia v Spain | Full Match Replay

WHISTLEBLOWERS

Trending on RugbyPass

Comments

Join free and tell us what you really think!

Sign up for free
ADVERTISEMENT

Latest Features

Comments on RugbyPass

FEATURE
FEATURE Are the knives out for Shaun Edwards? Are the knives out for Shaun Edwards?
Search