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When will New Zealand rugby make a decision on Ian Foster, Kurtley Beale and Bernard Foley set for Wallabies return


Ian Foster is set to find out his fate by Thursday while Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has received backing from the CEO of Rugby Australia after a wild run with injuries to manage in the Rugby Championship.

Foster’s hold on the All Blacks coaching job will be determined by a vote by the NZR board on Wednesday with the coach due to meet CEO Mark Robinson and Professional Rugby & Performance GM Chris Lendrum on Tuesday.

The New Zealand Herald revealed that Foster was seen again after last year’s northern tour where they lost to Ireland and France and asked to be judged on this year’s first five Tests. They lost 2-1 to Ireland and shared a 1-1 result with South Africa, showing enormous character to win at Ellis Park.

The win, and NZR’s decision to leave Foster suspended, saw a slight shift in public opinion towards the coach, Stuff reported on Tuesday, although 73 per cent of more than 18,000 people polled still believe he should leave. .

In Australia, RA CEO Andy Marinos decided to quiet talk about Rennie’s immediate future. The Wallabies coach has a winning percentage of 40% from 25 Tests and this season he has faced a huge number of injuries.

“It was a difficult and disappointing international series,” Marinos told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“When you look back critically, we created chances and failed to execute in the big moments.

“What we were able to develop was a great depth force, which meant we could field a competitive 23 with 16 guys sitting on the sidelines. This is a big development from last year.

“I have full confidence in Dave, who is the right person to lead us to the World Cup. There are tweaks and things they know they need to fix, and I’m really confident they will. [do] both on and off the pitch – and I am convinced that we will get there and that we will succeed.

Marinos said the Wallabies were looking at their training load management with the strength and conditioning program to see if there were concrete reasons for the increase in injuries, or if it was just of a series of bad luck.

Meanwhile, veterans Kurtley Beale and Bernard Foley are believed to be among the options Rennie is considering to strengthen the squad against the Springboks and All Blacks.

(Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Wallabies are set to name a squad later this week for games against the Boks in Adelaide and Sydney, while Fox Sports said Beale will meet with RA medics on Tuesday for a progress report on his injury.

Rennie was shy about bringing Foley back, but he never showed any reluctance to bring experienced players into playmaking roles.

Springboks bring the heat

South Africa have chosen a strong 34-man squad for their Rugby League matches in Australia with utility defender Canan Moodie as the only uncapped player.

The Wallabies host the Springboks in Adelaide on August 27 and Sydney on September 3 with a lot of pressure on Dave Rennie and his players after a record loss in Argentina last weekend.

The defeat saw the Australians slip to seventh place in the world rankings, which is the lowest since late 2018.

The All Blacks moved from fifth to fourth ahead of England with their victory at Ellis Park.

Assignments aren’t getting any easier for Australia and Boks coach Jacques Nienaber says his side are close to full strength.

He signaled that changes will be made when the team plays Argentina to complete the TRC with its added focus of preparing for next year’s World Cup.

“We have worked with a great group of players over the past few months and believe this will pay off in the long term as we seek to extend our depth for the Rugby World Cup and beyond,” Nienaber said. .

“Our thinking is that we will have two groups of players – one who will take part in the Australian part of the competition and another for the Argentinian matches.

“That way we can best manage the players on tour, while ensuring that we continue to develop our depth.”

Nienaber caused controversy last month when he used a similar approach in the series against Wales, using a second-string team for the second Test which South Africa lost.

A stronger side were surprisingly beaten at home by New Zealand last Saturday.

Moodie was called into back cover after Cheslin Kolbe was injured and winger Kurt-Lee Arendse was suspended.

South Africa team

Attackers: Lood de Jager (Wild Knights), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz), Joseph Dweba (Stormers), Eben Etzebeth (Sharks), Deon Fourie, Steven Kitshoff (both Stormers), Vincent Koch (Wasps), Siya Kolisi (Sharks), Elrigh Louw (Bulls), Frans Malherbe (Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears), Salmaan Moerat (Stormers), Franco Mostert (Honda Heat), Ox Nche (Sharks), Trevor Nyakane (Racing 92), Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs), Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers), Duane Vermeulen (Ulster)

Fullbacks: Lukhanyo Am (Sharks), Damian de Allende (Wild Knights), Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles), Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins), Warrick Gelant (Racing 92), Jaden Hendrikse (Sharks), Elton Jantjies (NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes ), Herschel Jantjies (Stormers), Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles), Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz), Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks), Canan Moodie (Bulls), Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers), Cobus Reinach (Montpellier), Frans Steyn (Cheetahs), Damian Willemse (Stormers).

Fijian rugby in turmoil

Three Fiji Rugby Union staff have been made redundant and chief executive John O’Connor has agreed to take time off as part of an internal investigation.

RUF President Commodore Humphrey Tawake said the board was planning to conduct an internal audit: ‘We had to lay off three staff and I cannot release names or offenses now due to ongoing investigations . An audit is part of the daily business function and for Fiji Rugby to facilitate this immediately, the CEO of FRU has volunteered to take annual leave to allow the process to run seamlessly.

The FRU issued a statement which read: “Following the discovery of certain breaches of internal processes, the Fiji Rugby Union terminated three members of staff last week, prompting the FRU Board to also present an audit that was planned later in the year as part of operations.

Eddie leads a “dictatorship”

Another former England player has fielded Eddie Jones, saying the team is suffering because of his dictatorial style.

“The game is now much more strategic and much less barbaric. Rugby in 2022 is about solving problems as you go,” wrote Luther Burrell in the Mail on Sunday.

“I’m not sure England have the players to do that. In my opinion, it’s because the environment Eddie has created is not good. It’s a dictatorship.

“That’s how I felt when I was on Eddie’s team. I don’t know what things look like now, but my experience is of a dictatorship where you’re just told what to do.

“That kind of environment doesn’t allow players to grow and make bad decisions, which is crucial.”

England director of rugby Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones (Photo by Bob Bradford – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Burrell added: “No one wants to make a bad decision, but rugby will never be a smooth process. The ability to make mistakes, learn from them and correct them next time is crucial for growth and development. development of a player and the team as a whole.

“I’m not sure English players feel capable of doing that. They fear making mistakes that could lead to their retirement. They live in fear of Eddie.

“The same goes for his assistant coaches. This is evident from the large number of those who worked in the England team under him and then moved on.



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