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Former Wallaby great calls for more support for faltering All Blacks

By Sam Smith
Matt Giteau playing for the Wallabies. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Former Wallaby great Matt Giteau has called for more support behind the embattled All Blacks as they go through a historic rough period.

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Giteau, who played for Australia 103 times over his 14-year international career, took aim at ‘keyboard warriors’ and said the All Blacks should be respected during this tough time.

The former Wallaby playmaker took to Twitter to call for more support behind the All Blacks.

“Results aside, I’d love to see the support of All Blacks in tougher times stronger,” he wrote.

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“This team has been so dominant in world rugby for so many years that a few games shouldn’t change the support they receive nor should it warrant the constant criticism from the keyboard warriors.”

The All Blacks were defeated 25-18 by a physical Los Pumas side in Christchurch which made history on multiple fronts.

The victory was the first by Argentina on New Zealand soil after breaking their duck in Sydney two years ago by a similar score 25-15.

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For the All Blacks, it was the first time they have lost three tests in a row on home soil after losing the final two tests to Ireland in July.

The historically lean run extends back to the end of year tour with losses to Ireland and France.

They have won just two of their last eight tests which has heaped pressure on head coach Ian Foster.

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New Zealand rugby writer Marc Hinton said it is ‘time to face reality’ for an All Black group that is past it.

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Shane 694 days ago

Sorry but foster,cane,cody,havilli need to be dropped,

Players to be put in there right positions
Reiko to wing
Leicester to 13
Quinn to 12
Ardie to 7
Sotutu to 8
Jordan to fb
Bring aumua back for 3rd hooker

And a few more changes needed to blood in some younger talent too

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Peter 695 days ago

Win or lose the All Black tradition deserves our support. NZ as a whole should not take on the mantel of sore losers.

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Jon 5 hours ago
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> it was apparent Robertson was worried about his lack of experience at half-back, hence the decision to start veteran TJ Perenara and put Finlay Christie, the next most experienced number nine, on the bench. I don’t think it was this at all. It was a general scope he was putting over all the playerbase, he went with this cohesion factor in every position. > If the main priority is to build different tactical elements to the gameplan, then Ratima is the man in whom Robertson needs to trust and promote. This also I think is antagonist towards the reference game plans. The other plans do not need the speed of which Perenara (atleast) can’t provide, and I think personal is going to be the main point of difference between these games/opponents. That is the aspect of which I think most people will struggle to grasp, a horses for course selection policy over the typical ‘Top All Black 15’. That best 15 group of players is going to have to get broken down into categories. So it test one we saw Christie control the game to nullify the English threats out of existence and grind to a win. In test two we saw Ratima need to come on which dictated that this time they would run them off their feet with speed and the space did open up and the victory did come. Horses for courses. The same concepts are going to exist for every group, front row, lock and loose forward balance, midfield, and outside backs all can have positional changes that the players may be asked to accentualize on and develop. There might be some that _it_ will not ever click for, but they’ll hopefully still be getting to enjoy unbelievable comeback victories and late game shutouts to close it down. Knowing does not mean not enjoying.

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