Rugby Championship: Onus on coach Ian Foster to fall on sword if All Blacks struggles continue, says commentator Tony Johnston

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the All Blacks. After this weekend’s rematch with the Pumas, they’ll face a red-hot Australia, who turned plenty of heads with their emphatic 25-17 win over the Springboks on Saturday.

With NZ Rugby now highly unlikely to renege on their recommitment to Foster, any further poor results would then thrust the All Blacks coach into a furnace only he could pull himself out of, suggested Johnston.

“If they were to drop another test match against Argentina, I think that then would put the heat back on the coach himself to make the decision,” he said.

“You’ve then got the Bledisloe Cup and Australia look pretty good when they were beating South Africa at the weekend.

“[The pressure] is not going to end and I think the longer a decision is delayed the tougher it’s going to be for whoever might come in.

“They can turn it around, That’s not out of the question. They can win this weekend, then they can retain the Bledisloe Cup and then you can start talking about the new direction, the new dawn that everyone jumped to talk about after that one win in South Africa.

“But if they keep going the way they are going, with the percentage they’re going at then I think the situation is going to become untenable.”