All Blacks fly-half Richie Mo’unga has thrown his support behind his under-fire coach Ian Foster as New Zealand look ahead to two Tests against South Africa.
Foster’s men became the first New Zealand team to lose a Test series at home to a northern hemisphere side and subsequently slipped to fourth in the world rankings, their lowest ever position.
Looking to make a “statement”
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to right a few wrongs and to be better because we know we’re capable. We need to make a statement about who we are as All Blacks,” he said.
There has been a reshuffle in the coaching team with former assistants John Plumtree and Brad Mooar sacked, and Jason Ryan coming in to take up a role with the forwards. Foster will work more closely with the backline going forward.
The fly-half believes that Foster is the person to take them forward and is excited for the coach to be more hands-on with the attack.
“Fossy is the man for the job. 100 per cent big Fossy,” he said.
“I think now he’ll have a more hands-on role with with the backs and with attack.
“I’ve had that taste early on in my All Blacks career (when Foster was an assistant) and I was able to gain so much knowledge and had ‘wow’ moments out in the field when he was coaching.
“It’s good to see that happen again the last couple of days.”
Foster admitted that it was a difficult conversation with Plumtree and Mooar when he had to inform them of the reshuffle, but he says the team’s interests are the most important.
“There’s no other word for that. Good men. But my role is to do what I think is best for the team,” he added.
“I don’t think it’s a massive judgment on them at all as coaches. It’s just that we kind of need to make a bit of a change.”
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