July 25, 2022
Coach jettisons crew as AB’s raft drifts
Veteran sportscaster Ken Laban says he’s surprised by New Zealand Rugby’s decision to stick with Ian Foster as All Blacks’ head coach.
Assistant coaches Brad Mooar and John Plumtree were the ones to be chopped after the series loss to Ireland which dropped New Zealand to number four in the world rankings.
Mr Laban says there has been a general decline in performance, world ranking and mana for the national team over the past few years.
He’d hoped for real change to keep the dream of a Rugby World Cup victory next year alive.
“And I think that ultimately the head coach makes all the big decisions, so finding number two and number three in the organisation while still retaining the same direction with the same number one being there is just changing the deckchairs on the Titanic as opposed to a significant move,” Mr Laban says.
The job of coaching the forwards has gone to Crusaders forwards coach Jason Ryan.