OPINION: After the All Blacks’ unedifying requiem at Yokohama, a coach is needed who can start afresh.
One who can concoct a game plan to to combat northern hemisphere stranglers instead of our men lining up as sitting ducks.
The designated successor, Ian Foster, is hardly the popular candidate, especially after Saturday’s embarrassment. Mind you, the dour Steve Hansen wasn’t anyone’s pick when Graham Henry exited.
Foster would carry plenty of intellectual property from his tenure, but would also extend the Henry dynasty. Change is needed.
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Sadly the black suits have had virtually no contact with Dave Rennie since his time in Scotland and by all accounts the Wallabies have nabbed him. Rennie thrives on reconstructing teams as he did with the Turbos and Chiefs.
Scott Robertson would be the new breed and perhaps Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown.
Hansen displayed a disturbing tone when reporter Andrew Gourdie asked the legitimate hunger question in Japan on Saturday. Hansen has only ever had to swallow 10 defeats and that breeds an air of messianic infallibility where searching questions are frostily unwelcome.
Step out of line and you can forget story tips or one-on-one chats.
Kiwi coach Warren Gatland, who had Wales hoisting 36 kicks in the semifinal, will be run out of Hamilton if he tries that rubbish with the Chiefs. Bok leftie Faf de Klerk was as bad in a match that was a disgrace to the game.
Meanwhile, Manawatū’s Ngani Laumape emerges untainted by the toxic fallout from the World Cup defeat.
The expected midfield injuries to Ryan Crotty and Sonny Bill Williams didn’t materialise and Crotty was discarded for the big games.
One man couldn’t have blunted the England pogrom because the forwards were being wasted. But Laumape would have lent…