The New Zealand Herald suggested that Foster will be asked by New Zealand Rugby to step down, with the embattled All Blacks set to drop to fifth on World Rugby’s Test rankings after a record-breaking 26-10 loss at Mbombela Stadium. Foster was already under scrutiny after the Ireland series review by NZ Rugby that saw two of his assistant coaches – John Plumtree and Brad Mooar – fired. NZ Rugby have refused to back Foster beyond the two Rugby Championship Tests in South Africa, and Crusaders boss Scott Robertson is tipped as an obvious choice to replace Foster if New Zealand fail to improve. “New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson was in Mbombela for the Test, but it’s thought he will head back to Aotearoa before the second Test in Johannesburg next weekend. “This week, therefore, will be crucial as NZ Rugby weighs up its next move on Foster.
Source: Stuff August 07, 2022 18:01 UTC