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Two historic defeats to Ireland, a lost tour, a drop to fourth in the world rankings…these past few weeks have been very difficult for the All Blacks. Following this uproar and widespread criticism in the local media, the New Zealand FA decided to retain coach Ian Foster but sack two of his assistant coaches.
As also announced in the press release, the current “Crusaders” and Fiji forwards coach Jason Ryan is coming as a reinforcement. But he won’t be the only one, because at the same time, Joe Schmidt will arrive to take the position of “independent coach”. More precisely, the former coach of the clover XV “has a key analytical role and will work with Foster on overall strategy and offensive play.”
Former Midi Olympique New Zealand winger Joe Rococo returned to the difficult situation the All Blacks are currently in, but he also put his faith in Joe Schmidt. The last that he failed to praise.
“I know Joe very well. He was my coach for New Zealand under-18s, then the Auckland Blues. He is a brilliant technician, very attached to the basic gestures of a rugby player: when I was young he would spend hours describing the details. angles of kicks, their degrees of orientation… Joe Schmidt is a rugby scholar.”
“One day when I was riding in the lift with him when I was playing for the Blues, he used the floor numbers to tell me the moves he wanted to work on, what areas to attack at the end of the week and how to get there… He’s incredibly smart but from his requires real technical perfection from the players. Some make it, some don’t…”
As the New Zealand side go through a difficult period, the former 68-cap international has spoken about who is now in the position of “independent coach” for the All Blacks.
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