All Blacks coach Ian Foster. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
all black RAM Ian Foster He identified decision making under pressure as an important shortcoming that needs to be addressed in the upcoming northern tours.
Despite New Zealand winning this year’s Rugby Championship and briefly returning to number one in the world rankings, they were very upset about their loss to the Springboks in the final game.
“We need to make decisions on the pitch faster than before,” said Foster of the All Blacks’ Sunshine Coast base in Australia on Friday. Said.
“We created some space and created options, especially the off-line time that was really there for us, but we still seemed a little hesitant to say that.”
Their first chance to show they’re improving comes next weekend when they start their northern tour against the United States in Washington.
The match includes the return of veteran Sam Cane and Dane Coles from long-term injuries.
Foster said it would give less experienced players a chance to push for a permanent running point and not take a step back in training.
“The types of sessions are a little different, much more skill-based, much more focused on what we learned from South Africa, and we really stepped up the physicality in the last two workouts.
“When we’re surprised in the park, we’ll have a chance to continue learning the lessons that we’ll have to react much faster than we did.”
The All Blacks are second in the world, while the United States slipped to 17th after losing to Uruguay in the playoffs to fill their place in the Americas 1 at the 2023 World Cup in France.
The last time the two sides met in Chicago in 2014, the All Blacks had a 74-6 lead and Cane scored one of 12 tries.
But Foster wasn’t worried about the possibility of another scoring explosion with a negative impact on the game in the United States.
“What we’re trying to sell is a fighting game and our job is to do what we have to do, and I hope the fans out there see that and see something they like,” he said.
“We use it to give some of them playtime, to improve their experience, and also to heat up some areas of our game that we think need to continue to grow.”