The great David Campese, former Wallabies player, left no doubts with his comment on the All Blacks and the reality of the team with respect to the Australians. In a scathing fit he told Stuff that New Zealand Rugby’s “arrogance” prepared the All Blacks for a fall and that new coach Ian Foster wasn’t the right man for the job.
“Everything happens off the pitch before it happens inside, always,” said Campese, who played in Australia from 1982 to 1996 and began to retrace his current vision of rugby in the region: [NZ Rugby] and they were so arrogant (NdeR: about Super Rugby) and I think… ‘you know guys, your own sword is going to fall on you very soon’ and it’s starting to happen now. “
“That All Black aura is gone. Younger boys are not composed the same way. Sorry but Foster … I don’t think it’s going to last. “If (NZ Rugby) are confident, why don’t they give him a four-year contract?” Said the 57-year-old former 1991 World Champion Wallaby, saying that the decades-long rugby relationship between the countries is fundamental: “Without Australia, New Zealand would not be anywhere near where it is now.”
“They are lucky that we have played against them year after year. We have also helped them. Unfortunately, over the last few years we had a lot of problems off the court. I watched the game and the All Blacks lost something. They didn’t have that composure and they panicked a bit, which they don’t normally do. Kieran Read is gone and that is a great loss for them ”.
Campese said Rieko Ioane was “lost” on defense, adding that the All Blacks will improve for Sunday’s game at Eden Park in Auckland. He also highlighted an “impressive” performance from the bench by Caleb Clarke, but insisted that the new generation of Wallabies simply weren’t afraid of the All Blacks.
“I think they can back it up,” Campese said. “Harry Wilson played New Zealand in M20 and beat the All Blacks. He has defeated them. In ’82 we played New Zealand at M21 in Sydney and beat them by a good difference. We go through a system where we beat their junior teams, so we think we can beat the senior teams. It’s faith in yourself. “
Campese also saw great room for improvement within the Wallaby team and lamented the lack of skill displayed by hooker Folau Fainga’a when his poor pass attempt from the blind side created the opportunity that Ioane later squandered in the ingoal. “Our skill level is nowhere near where it should be,” Campese said. “I think we have to get more combinations with the backs, but it is the first game, there was not much rugby this year and it is not easy. I think we have good setters. We have to get the ball to the wingers with a little space. “