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Video - Ian Foster faces the media after second loss to Ireland

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Coach Ian Foster of New Zealand looks on during a press conference following the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Ireland at Sky Stadium on July 16, 2022 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

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All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has fronted the press corp after New Zealand’s latest humbling loss to Ireland.

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The under-pressure 57-year-old refused to be drawn on his future in the top job.

Ireland battled to a landmark series win in New Zealand after holding off a second-half fightback to secure a stunning 32-22 success from an epic encounter in Wellington.

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Sam Cane lost for answers as Ian Foster’s job questioned by media after series loss to Ireland | All Blacks press conference
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Andy Farrell’s men led by 19 points at the break courtesy of a spellbinding first-half display which brought tries for Josh Van Der Flier, Hugo Keenan and Robbie Henshaw.

But the All Blacks moved to within three points in a breathless second period thanks to scores from Ardie Savea, Akira Ioane and Will Jordan, before Rob Herring crossed to help the tourists home on a historic evening.

Members of Ireland’s triumphant squad were pictured in tears at full-time as they savoured arguably the greatest result in their nation’s history.

Captain Johnny Sexton, who celebrated his 37th birthday on Monday, chipped in with 12 points, becoming the second man to surpass 1,000 in the green jersey.

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Ireland only won away to New Zealand for the first time last weekend by bouncing back from a 42-19 drubbing in the Auckland opener to triumph 23-12 in Dunedin and set up the decider.

Head coach Farrell had expressed hope that his side had saved their best performance for the final Test.

The Englishman duly had his wished granted during a phenomenal opening 40 minutes packed with power and intensity before the Irish weathered a second-half storm intensified by the loss of prop Andrew Porter to a yellow card to take the series 2-1.

Foster refused to be drawn on his future when pressed by journalist, preferring to focus on the Test.

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“For some reason we’re just not as calm,” he said. “In the defence area we’re getting a bit fidgety, there’s a few holes and Ireland aren’t a team you can let get behind because that is when they play an up-tempo game.”

Foster took captain Sam Cane off with the game in the balance with 15 minutes to go, but defended his decision to do so, saying the All Blacks needed “fresh legs.”

“We were just trying to keep the momentum going so it wasn’t a reflection on Sam or his leadership, we had just got momentum and lost it again and felt we needed to make a couple of tweaks.”

PA, additional reporting RugbyPass

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