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Is it really possible for New Zealand rugby to give Ian Foster his marching orders in case the All Blacks lose to Argentina in the penultimate game of the Tri Nations on Saturday?

How seriously the people on the wobbly islands take their rugby can be seen from the fact that this option was considered by a number of rugby writers after the disaster of the 25:15 loss to Argentina two weeks ago

Foster got off to a disastrous start to his coaching tenure with two losses in his first five responsible games. Had those losses been caused by teams like England or South Africa, it would be doubtful that people would have reacted the way they did

But losing to Argentina is a whole different story, especially since the All Blacks have never lost to the Pumas until this year. The South Americans’ next win was a 1985 draw

Criticism from the public has angered New Zealand captain Sam Cane so much that he made an inappropriate comment the likes of which has never been made by a skipper I can remember

Cane was heavily criticized after saying during an interview with Sky Sports’ The Breakdown that some fans were “brutal” and “might want to believe that they know a lot about the game of rugby, but really don’t”

The All Blacks captain, the third most important man in the country after the Prime Minister and the All Blacks coach, has expressed no regrets for his sullen statement

He told the New Zealand Herald on Friday: “I’ve always given my opinion and been reasonably honest I hope most people will appreciate this”

“It would be nice to just do these interviews over and over and play a pretty straightforward bat, you know, generic answers, but I suppose honesty can make some headlines every now and then

“I was pretty happy with the whole interview as myself. If the entire interview is viewed, it is likely to be put in context”

The New Zealand crowd is very possessive about their rugby team and it is probably a good thing that the game is played in Australia on Saturday, otherwise Cane may have shown anger in public

That said, it isn’t the public that decides who will coach but if Foster lost a third game it would raise questions about how he would have gotten the job before Scott Robertson

He was not particularly successful in any role and his only qualification was that he was Steve Hansen’s deputy for many years

Hansen played 35 games before his protégés suffered two defeats. Overall, the burly Hansen presided over 108 games and lost only ten

Given that, Foster has very big shoes to fill and to say he’d be nervous ahead of the Saturday game is probably the understatement of the decade

Even though the players tried last time to take the blame for the terrible performance against the Pumas, everyone knows that the coach must bear all the blame

All Blacks vs Argentina

World News – AU – Will Foster be shown the door if the All Blacks lose again to the Pumas?

Source: https://www.theroar.com.au/2020/11/28/will-foster-be-shown-the-door-if-the-all-blacks-lose-to-the-pumas-again/