The All Blacks actually cover the wreckage of a week-old train doing zilch

IDEA: You can’t even blame New Zealand rugby for putting lipstick on a pig.

With a huge sense of change in mood fueled by NZR radio silence this week, the All Blacks did nothing. No but.

Coach Ian Foster remains as scheduled, Sam Cane remains captain, Joe Schmidt’s position remains because he was tagged six months ago, and the Rugby Championship roster is just a cue job and collage of the forgettable Irish franchise.

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Certainly, despite all the talk NZR will announce on Friday, highlighted by the potential for a captain change, bookies and pundits must be wondering what happened after a number of well-sourced journalists were influenced and missed.

To be honest, a determined Foster promised ‘a number of tweaks’ after opening the media outlet in Auckland reiterating he was the All Blacks manager (you bought the inside feeling that he gave everyone the middle finger).

It’s the truth after days of conferences between NZR heavyweights, the All Blacks administration and senior players.

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All Blacks manager Ian Foster and captain Sam Cane at Forsyth Barr Stadium. (Getty)

“I shouldn’t say anything more out of respect for multiple processes,” Foster said.

This appears to level employment spots that will need to be resolved before the NZR can serve as what some may even consider a scapegoat.

While assistant coach John Plumtree helped Foster and Schmidt select their 36-man Rugby Championship roster, the former Hurricanes manager is unlikely to go anywhere.

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That leaves offensive coach Brad Mooar, defensive coach Scott McLeod and offensive coach Greg Feek in the crosshairs, who were undesirable to the Crusaders after the 2018 season.

When asked when the adjustments could be validated, Foster said: “Quick, I’ll leave real quick.”

Admittedly, NZR isn’t doing things quickly, although it’s still unclear, but time is running out before the crew regroups in Wellington on Monday.

Ian Foster with Joe Schmidt after the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. (Sports File via Getty Images)

What is evident is that although Foster left the door open saying “at this point”, Schmidt’s position does not change.

Despite plenty of hints that the former Ireland head coach will adopt the strategy, he won’t be traveling with the team or having field work – instead he will act as an unbiased manager and provide a Foster assessment of opposing teams. .