Sean Fitzpatrick after the All Blacks lost two successive games in a row last November, head coach Ian Foster came under passion from the New Zealand media as New Zealand experienced its nastiest season since 2009. Rugby Fans can buy Rugby World Cup Tickets from our website.
Never mind, it’s still 12-3 in 2021 compared to Graham Henry’s 14-4 in 2009 (3 losses to Peter De Villiers’ Springboks), not a bad record. But most poignant was the way the losses to Ireland (29-20) and France (40-25) scrutinized Foster’s roster and game plan.
One of the most controversial conditions is whether Beauden Barrett or Richie Mo’unga should be the forward, and Jordie Barrett now appears to be the starting linebacker.
The group of attackers also lost in close-quarters battles with the Irish and French. While the composition of the loose trio, centre striker and fullback are questioned.
However, former captain Sean Fitzpatrick considers Foster is on track for the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France, with New Zealand set to win after the springboks in Japan in 2011 and 2015. After winning the 2019 Championship, it is expected to recapture the title.
“We are 18 months away from the Rugby World Cup and usually, we don’t work on a four-year series. Each year we attempt to pick the best good team’s rugby, or whatsoever tour we take,” Fitzpatrick, who is president of the Laureus Academy, said during an online press conference this week during the Laureus World Sports Awards.
“In terms of the expectations of the All Blacks fans, we were quite disappointing last year, losing three matches.
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“As for the competition that will bring us, we are disappointed that Super Rugby has not developed as it should. Perhaps in the summer, we will have a stronger idea when we will be fighting an Irish team in good form in a series.”
A three-match test series against Ireland at Auckland’s Eden Park. Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium and Wellington’s Sky Stadium in July is set to be a whodunit and after November. The All Blacks are sure to have revenge in mind for Dublin’s loss. Rugby Fans can buy Rugby World Cup 2023 Tickets from our website.
New Zealand will then tackle South Africa in two rugby championships in Mbombela and Johannesburg in August. Ireland defeated Wales 29-7 and Italy 57-6, and although they lost to France 30-24. Ireland has started the Six Nations game.
“I really love what I see from the French – they look fit, they look planned. They look is a culture of success,” Fitzpatrick said.
“If you look at who has victory the World Cup in the previous, they have a certain amount of youthfulness. A certain amount of experience, but their numbers have depth. When I mention Ireland and France, they have everything ready.
“The New Zealanders had a bad fall and lost to France and Ireland so people are looking forward to what will happen in the next 12 months.
“We understand All Blacks have some work to do to draw near and the condition of Super Rugby and Covid is not helping us develop young talent ready to play against Ireland in the summer. Let alone 18 months after the World Cup.”