Ian Foster Not Concerned with Loss in Super Rugby


IanFosterIan Foster the assistant coach with the All Blacks played down the amount of impact the Super Rugby loss ahead of the club’s first clash in the Bledisloe Cup.

The Waratahs saw the Crusaders off 33-32 last weekend at Olympic Stadium in Sydney. The opening match of Rugby Championship is set to take place on Saturday at the same ground.

It has been three years since Australia defeated their trans-Tasman rivals, but their most recent success against New Zealand came shortly after the Super Rugby success by the Reds.

Despite the players from Australia claiming the success by the Waratahs could give the edge to the Wallabies, Foster has confidence his side can step it up again on the international stage.

It can be debated, said Foster that maybe it has boosted some confidence, but playing the Wallabies is an entirely difference environment. Playing international rugby is far different, said Foster, than Super Rugby, with a couple of variables that make it that way.

The move to international rugby from Super Rugby is a significant one, added Foster and that needs to be done on Saturday evening by the players.

The coach added that it had been discussed but back on the first day but this being a new camp, new level and a new challenge it should be reiterated once again.

What he said he sees are the players being invigorated by everything we need from them. Returning to Sydney will make it a bit tougher on the lads but that was expected from them anyway.

The bottom line said Foster is that the match will be first physical and then mental and the players know there is only one job that needs to be done. It is to return to the black and do the job well.

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