All Blacks coach Ian Foster. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)
The All Blacks are preparing to face the world champion Springboks in South Africa, with New Zealand’s head coach Ian Foster under intense pressure to end their dire run of form after four defeats in their last five matches.
AFP looks at five things the All Blacks must fix in their opening Rugby Championship fixture against the Springboks on 7 August in Mbombela.
Stop opposing drives
The All Blacks’ new forwards coach Jason Ryan saw how the home side was out-muscled by the Irish pack in this month’s home series defeat and admitted what he witnessed “dented” New Zealand’s pride.
The Irish scored a key early try off a driving maul in winning the decisive third Test in Wellington, which Ryan says must not be repeated in South Africa.
“We’ve got to stop mauls and also improve our contact area,” Ryan told reporters in Wellington before the All Blacks flew to South Afri
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