New Zealand drop to third in the world after defeat by Argentina

Pressure mounting on New Zealand head coach Ian Foster as All Blacks drop to third in the world rankings below England after shock defeat by Argentina

  • Argentina stunned the All Blacks for their first-ever win in 30 attempts
  • New Zealand have lost two Tests in a row for the first time since 2011 
  • Foster has so far presided over just two wins from five games in charge

New Zealand will drop below England into third place when the World Rugby rankings update on Monday after their shock defeat at the hands of Argentina in Sydney on Saturday.

The Pumas’ stunning 25-15 victory was their first-ever win over the All Blacks who, on the back of their defeat to Australia, have lost two Tests in a row for the first time since 2011. They also have not fallen to third in the rankings since 2003, so the pressure is mounting on Kiwi head coach Ian Foster, who has so far presided over just two wins from five games in charge. 

Despite the criticism of his misfiring team, Foster insisted he will still send some players home early to rest ahead of the Super Rugby season. 

It is the first time New Zealand have lost to Argentina, a record dating back to 1985 

That policy threatens to leave New Zealand vulnerable when they face Argentina again in 12 days. 

Foster promised to ‘have a word’ with senior players for disciplinary lapses which proved costly and added: ‘Test match rugby has always been played on the edge, so there’s no excuse for us not being disciplined.’

This was Argentina’s finest result as a rugby nation — they had not played for 13 months and trained in isolation.

Argentina recorded a famous win over New Zealand in their Tri-Nations test match in Sydney

Pumas coach Mario Ledesma called it ‘unreal, surreal’. He added: ‘We have been through hell and the boys just keep ticking.’ 

Flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez, who scored all 25 points, said: ‘It was a great pride to represent the country. What I felt in the last minutes, watching the preparation for all this, the people who have been here in the bad times.

Adversity makes teams stronger.’

Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez scored all of Argentina’s 25 points on a memorable occasion 

Argentina beat New Zealand a week after Australia – their first back-to-back losses since 2011

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