It has never taken much for New Zealand to ridicule the Wallabies but Australia’s national rugby union team is now being blamed for the All Blacks’ stuttering displays less than a year out from the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
New Zealand’s rugby community is delving into a period of deep introspection in the wake of the All Blacks’ 16-9 defeat to Ireland in Dublin last Sunday (AEDT) Ireland 16-9 All Blacks video , a result which followed a narrow escape the previous weekend against England.
The All Blacks had snuck home 16-15 at Twickenham, but the finger of blame for their recent performances has been squarely pointed at the Wallabies because of their struggles on the international stage.
The Wallabies have won only four of 12 Tests so far in 2018, a return that includes three comprehensive defeats to the All Blacks, who have claimed the last two World Cups.
New Zealand Rugby World Cup 2019 Schedule
- Game 4 : Saturday, Sept. 21 : New Zealand vs. South Africa : Kick off 18:45 International Stadium Yokohama
- Game 20 : Wednesday, Oct. 2 : New Zealand vs Repechage winner : Kick off 19:15 Oita Stadium
- Game 27 : Sunday, Oct. 6 : New Zealand vs. Namibia : Kick off 13:45 Tokyo Stadium
- Game 34 : Saturday, Oct. 12 : New Zealand vs. Italy : Kick off 13:45 City of Toyota Stadium
Australia Rugby World Cup 2019 Schedule
- Game 2 : Saturday, Sept. 21 : Australia vs. Fiji : Kick off 13:45 Sapporo Dome
- Game 17 : Sunday, Sept. 29 : Australia vs. Wales : Kick off 16:45 Tokyo Stadium
- Game 24 : Saturday, Oct. 5 : Australia vs. Uruguay : Kick off 14:15 Oita Stadium
- Game 33 : Friday, Oct. 11 : Australia vs. Georgia : Kick off 19:15 Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa