New Zealand arrives with the pressure of statistics and the anecdote of Gatland


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New Zealand arrives with the pressure of statistics and the anecdote of Gatland

The All Blacks have their backs to the wall and they will have to hold the pride of the black t-shirt. For that they must beat the Pumas in Newcastle Saturday for avoiding their first three-game losing streak since 1998. Coach Ian Foster knows he’s sitting under a bomb with just two wins to show in his first five games in charge of the national team. But nevertheless, a healthy victory against Los Pumas Not only will relieve pressure, it could also be enough to win the Three Nations.

The idea that the All Blacks will again add 3 losses in a row after 22 years is something that the Kiwi island does not want to imagine. Foster I should expect your next day prepare as if it were a World Cup final; there is only one way to heal the wounds of the first loss to the Pumas. In new zealand, in an ironic tone, they recall an anecdote: Do you remember that 4 years ago the coach of the British & Irish Lions, Warren Gatland said to an Irish newspaper that “Anyone” in New Zealand could coach the All Blacks and have “guaranteed” an 85 percent success rate?

Gatland’s comments, which could have been construed as a blatant offense on Hansen before the Lions toured New Zealand in 2017, came at a time when the All Blacks had won 18 games in a row. “So it’s not a bad team to be involved with,” Gatland said at the time. However, it is not very easy when the team is losing. But ask Foster.


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