Ian Foster Expects Pumas To Build On Jaguares’ Efforts
All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster is wary of Argentina and believes they will take plenty from the performance of the Jaguares in Super Rugby.
Their 19-3 loss to the Crusaders had been a big disappointment to them and they would take a lot from that performance into next weekend’s Test against New Zealand in Buenos Aires.
“We all saw their faces after the final, there were a lot of emotions, they’re proud men and great rugby players – and [they will] try to turn that into a massive positive,” Foster told the All Blacks’ official website.
“That’s the Argentina team we’re preparing to play.
“They’ll take a lot of stuff the Jaguares have done and carry it through. They’ve got a short period, [coach] Mario [Ledesma] is around the edges of that environment and understands what’s worked for them and what hasn’t. If he’s a smart analyst he’ll probably assume if it’s been working why touch it.”
While the squad named last week was training in Auckland yesterday, most of the Crusaders were only due to join the group on Thursday. However, young Crusaders Sevu Reece, Braydon Ennor and George Bridge had come north earlier to spend more time in the environment.
Foster said inside centre Sonny Bill Williams was shaping as a likely traveller to Argentina with the team on Friday.
He had been running up and down the side of the field at training but he was unable to go hard from the mark. However, the advice was that his running freely without a lot of acceleration was a good sight.
“Hopefully by the end [of the week] he’s striding out properly and then we’ll make a decision,” said Foster.
“The initial plan was to take him. Now it’s whether we take him to rehab or to play, and we’ll figure that out.”
“We want to get the team united” – That’s the message from All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster as the squad get stuck into training in Auckland. pic.twitter.com/rE9YgnbFjr
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Having had to stand back while the Super Rugby tournament was played out, Foster said it was good to now be able to work with the players and put the coaching plans to work ahead of the World Cup.