Marlborough Express

NZR drops ball again


Australia over Super Rugby that do not reflect well on either party.

The drama around an historical­ly poor season by the All Blacks has not been handled well, from cancelled press conference­s after the home series defeat to the Irish, to the communicat­ions shambles around the review of

Ian Foster’s job while he was in South Africa, to the mismanagem­ent of coaching success story Scott Robertson that effectivel­y had him poised to take over the national team, only to have the rug pulled from under him at the last minute.

Some have also wondered aloud why so many of the organisati­on’s so-called independen­t reviews contain people clearly aligned with NZ Rugby. It’s a fair question.

So, what do we have now? Just one more unfortunat­e bungle, or further evidence this is an organisati­on in dire need of getting its act together?

If you answered ‘‘both’’, you are probably pretty close to the mark.

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