Rugby Championship Spotlight: New Zealand

From 2022 rugby championship we will now take a look at the uniforms of the four teams involved, focusing on All black.

What did you do during the July tests?

All Blacks coach Ian Foster is under tremendous pressure to right the bad results very quickly which saw New Zealand set all sorts of undesirable benchmarks with a 2-1 loss to Ireland.

It was Ireland’s first victory in New Zealand, the first time they had suffered back-to-back defeats at home since 1998, and they became only the third All Blacks team to lose a three-Test streak at home.

After losing four of the last five tests, New Zealand has slipped to fourth in the world rankings, their lowest place since the rankings began.

The All Blacks took a 42–19 win in the first Test at Fortress Eden Park but were over-scored due to their ability to use their chances better than Ireland, with 42% possession and 40% territory being warning signs.

Ireland’s determined defensive effort saw them win the second Test 23-12 in Dunedin, while the speed and difficulty of their attacking play and monumental defense saw them defeat the All Blacks 32-22 in the decider at Wellington.

What they did at the 2021 Rugby Championship

The All Blacks showed no hint of their waning fortunes in the 2021 Rugby Championship, winning five out of six matches to clinch the title by a seven-point lead in the final standings over Australia.

New Zealand already took the crown with a spare game when they beat the Springboks 19-17 in Townsville 100th A test between two great rivals.

The All Blacks’ only loss came in the last game, when the Springboks recovered and beat them 31–29 with a final blow of the following weekend’s matchup.

The campaign started for New Zealand at its peak when they beat Australia 57-22 at Eden Park, retaining the Bledisloe Cup and scoring the most points they have ever scored over the Wallabies.

In the next match, Australia were a tougher opponent, losing 21-38 as the All Blacks’ discipline was shaken by a red card. They were also hampered by a couple of key injuries, but two interception attempts sealed the victory.

New Zealand used a lot of minor players in their two Tests against Argentina, but comfortably outplayed the Puma 39-0 at the Gold Coast and 36-13 at Brisbane.

Rugby Championship 2022 Schedule

6 August: Mbombela, South Africa

August 13: Johannesburg – South Africa

27 August: Christchurch – Argentina

3 September: Hamilton v Argentina

September 15: Melbourne – Australia

24 September: Auckland v Australia