All Blacks coach Ian Foster spoke to his country’s media and challenged World Rugby to suspend their world ranking for the year amid uncertainty. The uneven nature of the international playing field in 2020 devastated by Covid will push some teams back some places in the global ladder.
Foster will play Australia at home on October 11 and 18 and heard from South Africa that the Springboks should not play the Rugby Championship in Australia scheduled for November and early December. A bad campaign would see the South Africans lose no less than the world No. 1 they earned by winning the 2019 RWC Japan.
The Kiwi coach took the glove and gave his point of view: “From the New Zealand Rugby side, from the income side, it’s vital,” said Foster about the two-game series for the Bledisloe Cup in his country and the Rugby Championship. “It is vital for Australia and New Zealand, it is vital for South Africa and Argentina. That is why all four countries have voted to play the Rugby Championship. “
“And I think that from a social perspective it is also vital. All the All Blacks trials are something to look forward to. It is up to the public to decide how much they enjoy it, but for us it is a great opportunity to represent our country in what has been a really difficult year ”, he said about the role of the selected team in society.
“I even heard from a former South African captain that the Springboks shouldn’t come because they could lose their world ranking with their preparation. Well, we are going to do the world ranking this year. Who cares? ”Challenged Foster.
“What’s most important at the moment is that we have the tournament, we have some international rugby and we let people enjoy it. Of course we want to win and be number one, but I would hate to let little things like that get in the way of our international rugby. “
While New Zealand and Australia had full internal Super Rugby competitions after the sport’s global shutdown in March with the emergence of the Covid-19 virus, South Africa has yet to launch a national competition. It is a story similar to the one that is lived in Argentina, which is being prepared at this time while also dealing with the coronavirus that is devastating its team.
Former Springboks captain Wynand Claassen recently urged the world champions not to play in this year’s postponed Rugby Championship because he says they will be radically wrong. “If you think New Zealand and Australia played their national tournament for the last two months and our rugby hasn’t even restarted yet, we are definitely ill-prepared,” the man who led the 1981 Bok tour of New Zealand told the newspaper. Citizen from South Africa.
“What will happen if we give away 50 points to New Zealand again, as happened in 2016 and 2017? Who will be blamed?” I ask. “We have the most to lose if we play the Rugby Championship. Let us remember that we are the champions of the World Cup, the world’s number 1 ranked team and the champions of the Rugby Championship.