Ian Foster confirmed the roster of players that will be available for the All blacks in the Rugby Championship 2021. On the show The Breakdown of New Zealand, the former players Jeff Wilson, Mills Muliaina and John Kirwan discussed the presence of TJ Perenara.
In the first place, Perenara expressed his joy at being called up again in the national team: “I am very much looking forward to adding minutes in the All Blacks. The league in Japan is tough, but it has another type of intensity”
Former back Kirwan maintained strong the position that the inclusion of the scrum half who played in Japan last season is a mistake: “I think he is a great player, but I think choosing him after returning to Japan … I don’t understand why leave Christie out “
That was where Muliaina did not agree with his panelmate: “In terms of intensity I think he will be at a lower level, but I think the coaches know why they are calling him. He is obviously the third scrum half, Weber is before. So this is an analysis that the coaches should have done. What things Christie brings them and what TJ Perenara. “
In addition, Mills assured: “I think that Perenara in terms of leadership in the group contributes a lot. For the coaches Perenara is the third and Christie the fourth, what made them call TJ? Having someone with experience in the squad. I prefer to have to someone with that leadership, the value of that. “
Finally, continuing with the debate, Kirwan was blunt with his opinion and with his question: “I may be a dinosaur, but why don’t they make him play other games before or in the Maori All Blacks? And then call him to The Rugby Championship. What happens is that they are going to test it in the All Blacks and the test has to be before being summoned, not during “.
Finally, he declared: “Your point Mills is very right now, what about winning the All Blacks jersey. I have nothing against TJ Perenara, but Christie earned it. I repeat TJ Perenara is very good for this level, but we haven’t seen him for a year. “
Before changing the subject, Wilson consulted the All Blacks Head Coach on the subject and Foster responded: “He is a fundamental leader for us. We believe that he can maintain that speed that we need. He is an athlete, very competitive. Christie had his chance too. I think we have very good options there. “
In addition to TJ Perenara, the other two scrum half Foster will have for the Rugby Championship are Aaron Smith and Brad Weber. While Christie was relegated after playing the games against Tonga and Fiji through the July window.