Rugby: All Blacks great Jeff Wilson criticizes Scott Robertson for piling pressure on NZ Rugby

“The fact that he is going to coach the Barbarians… I think he had the opportunity to coach the All Blacks XV, he turned that down.

“So, we know exactly where Scott Robertson sits right now. His expectations are that he wants to go to the next level.

“But [the All Blacks] have a job to do and I think this has put, in some ways, New Zealand Rugby in a really difficult situation.

“Where does Ian Foster sit right now? He knows that he’s got two test matches to deliver.”

Speculation has swirled that Foster’s future in the role rests on his results against the Springboks, where two more test defeats may put his job in jeopardy.

The chorus backing Robertson to take over the helm in the wake of the series defeat to Ireland is growing ever louder, and would reach deafening levels should the All Blacks return winless from the republic.

On Saturday, NZ Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson refused to guarantee Foster’s job security beyond the upcoming two tests against the Springboks.

“He’s certainly the person to lead the team to South Africa, and we’re making sure they’ve got everything possible in the way of resourcing and support to make sure that’s successful,” Robinson told Newstalk ZB.

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