ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Friday Feb 4, 2022

2021 All Blacks season: Worst in 27 years?

Before 2021 the All Blacks had not lost back to back games against Northern Hemisphere opponents since 1994. This is a telling statistic. Should it be attributed to the increasing strength of Northern Hemisphere Rugby? Or, is it a sign this All Blacks team under coach Ian Foster is declining?

ADVERTISEMENT

The All Blacks looked very promising at times during the 2021 season. Three convincing wins over their Australian counterparts proved a great start to their Rugby Championship campaign. However, a narrow win over South Africa and a subsequent narrow loss to the same team a week later consolidated many fans’ ideas. This All Blacks team are not the world beaters of times gone by.

Where things really got interesting was in the end of season tour. A strong start to the tour was made, with blow out wins against a second tier Welsh team and a solid victory of Italy. However, those victories were short-lived with two heavy defeat’s following.

Ireland successfully humiliated the All Blacks in Dublin where they forced them to make a whopping 231 tackles before defeating the All Blacks 29-20

A week later in Paris, many thought the All Blacks would bounce back in convincing fashion as we so often see. However, this was definitely not the case. Even the most one eyed New Zealand fans will admit this French team blew the All Blacks off the park. Particularly in the forwards where the dominance was obvious.

New Zealand did fight back and this was a fantastic game, but the end score line reflected the dominance of this French team, ending up 40-25. The All Blacks may just count themselves lucky they didn’t play the English on this end of year tour or things might be even more dire.

ADVERTISEMENT

Much has been made of the tiredness of this All Black team, and given the situation with Covid bubble’s and extended periods away from home, this reasoning is somewhat justified. However, this should not take away from the fact this is the All Blacks first back to back defeat to northern hemisphere opponents in 27 years. It’s also the first time since 2009 the All Blacks have conceded 3 test defeats in a calendar year. Stats I am sure Foster will be well aware of.

I think its safe to say Foster is under pressure in 2022. Bringing former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt into the fold may assist in adding new ideas to the mix. However, only time will tell whether Foster can turn things around with this All Blacks team.

Comments




Related Articles

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Jeff Wilson Blast Scott Robertson

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Steve Hansen defends Ian Foster

  • 83 WEEKS AGO

    All Blacks make coaching changes



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    The dummy that sold the whole of Perth - including the cameraman

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Bayonne score 'one of the best tries you'll ever see' in latest match against Exeter

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Baloucoune shows Andy Farrell what he's missing as the winger tears through Harlequins defence

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Seriously impressive Courtney Lawes compilation released after England player calls time on international career

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    Fiji number eight Viliame 'Bill' Mata scores audacious try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    The sending off that rocked the Six Nations opener

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Monster hit from Perrin leaves Bristol Bears player stunned

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Posolo Tuilagi's massive tackle lights up Top 14

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Statement: Championship clubs fire back at RFU after 'flawed proposals' create rift

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    RFU proposes two-tier Premiership franchise to replace Championship despite huge opposition

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Compilation video shows Jamie George's surprising box of tricks

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    Eddie Jones reported to have negotiated return to Japan national side

View All

Funnies

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Mike Philips recounts crazy night Shane Williams tried to fight Warren Gatland

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Shaun Edwards leaves room silent in new Six Nations documentary with French to English transition

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Luke Cowan-Dickie left red faced after losing very costly bet

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Mack Hansen proves once again that he is a hero in Ireland

View All

Amateur

  • 59 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 59 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 1 DAY AGO

    What Tom Shanklin had to say about former teammate Gavin Henson

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Kinghorn returns to threaten England defence in Calcutta Cup

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Spencer and Lawrence to feature as multiple changes made to England line-up to face Scotland

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Mike Philips recounts crazy night Shane Williams tried to fight Warren Gatland

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Elliot Daly and Jamie George combine for contract announcement

View All