26 Nov 2020

Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga supports to coach Foster

From First Up, 5:31 am on 26 November 2020

Former All Black captain Tana Umaga has lent his support to current coach Ian Foster. Foster has only been in charge of the All Blacks for 5 matches, but with a record of two wins, two losses and a draw the pressure is on from a fanbase who expect excellence. Some pundits and fans are already calling for the former Chiefs mentor to go, and those voices will become deafening should the All Blacks lose to Argentina again in this weekend's match in Newcastle, New Zealand's last test of the year. Following defeats to the Wallabies and Argentina, the All Blacks must beat the Pumas in Newcastle to stay in the hunt for the Tri-Nations title and avoid falling to three straight losses for the first time in 22 years. Umaga, a former head coach of the Blues and now an assistant at the Super Rugby team, told sports' Joe Porter that he sympathises with Foster's position and is backing the All Blacks to win on Saturday.