Watch: Ian Foster slams accusations refs are 'soft' on All Blacks

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster didn't mess around offering his opinion on whether he thought referees had a subconscious bias towards his team.

Foster was questioned today whether he thought the All Blacks recieved a leniency from officials after former top official Rob Debney said the team "gets away with murder" in a piece he wrote for The Times.

Foster was quick to answer.


The controversial claims come after referee Luke Pearce sin-binned French lock Paul Gabrillagues during the All Blacks' 52-11 win on Saturday night but didn't issue a yellow card to either Sam Cane or Ofa Tu'ungafasi for a similar tackle - one that left Remy Grosso with two facial fractures.

But Foster said that one instance doesn't mean there's a universal bias.

"I don’t know where that assertion had come from, but no. You have to ask the referees that, but clearly we don’t think we get any favours from the referees at all," he said.

"They’ve got a tough job but I don’t know a top referee that doesn’t go out there just to ref it the way he sees it.

"I think if you look at penalty counts, yellow cards last year, we were one of the top yellow carded teams in the world last year, so I’m not sure how this 'soft on us' comes into fruition."

Foster did admit he thought Gabrillagues' yellow-card was tough though.

"We thought they were a little bit unlucky with their yellow card – it was one of those marginal ones. Was it up there? Yes it was. Was it significant? Probably not.

"And there is a circumstance around Sam Cane's one, in that he got penalised for the same degree, the question is was it worthy of a yellow card, and I guess between a referee and an independent citing commissioner they’ve said no.

"So we’ve just got to take the emotion out of it."

The assistant coach says 2017 stats prove the team are penalised like everyone else. Source: 1 NEWS


Watch: 'I didn't notice it was Jordie!' Scott Barrett on All Blacks' stunning team try involving all three brothers

Scott Barrett admits he felt "pretty cool" running back to halfway after the All Blacks' first try in their win against France on Saturday night.

After all, it's not every day you combine with two brothers in an international Test to score a stunning team try.

Jokes aside, Ngani Laumape pays credit to the humbleness of the Barrett brothers. Source: Breakfast

But in their first international match starting together, that's exactly what the Barrett brothers did to see Beauden fly over in the far right corner to score in the 22nd minute of the 52-11 win.

Beauden threw the ball to his left to set up Scott to make the break but instead he went into contact, offloading to Jordie in space who took the ball into the French 22 - Beauden finished off the attack moments later.

Beauden, Scott and Jordie will become the first trio of brothers to start for NZ at the same time. Source: 1 NEWS

Scott admitted it wasn't something the trio had practiced in the backyard growing up.

"I didn't know it was Jordie," he said.

The lock told media today he allowed himself to appreciate the moment a little bit.

"I guess when I was walking back to the halfway line after it [I thought], 'yeah, that was pretty cool'," he said.

"But you can’t think about it too much in the moment, it's about focusing on what's next and that sort of thing - but it was pretty awesome!"

Barrett said walking back to halfway after Beauden scored felt "pretty cool". Source: 1 NEWS



England drop to lowest World Rugby ranking in two years as losing streak reaches five

England's rugby team has taken another blow in their continued downward spiral in form after dropping to their lowest world ranking in two years.

England have fallen to fourth in the latest World Rugby rankings with the Wallabies jumping ahead of them into third.

The movement comes after England's 42-39 loss to the Springboks and the Wallabies' 18-9 win over Ireland over the weekend.

England has improved since Australian coach Eddie Jones took over the side following their embarrassing pool-play exit from the 2015 Rugby World Cup, climbing to second place on rankings 12 months ago while enjoying a record-equalling 18-win streak.

But 2018 has proven to be a rough season so far with England losing Six Nations games to Scotland, France and Ireland before their shock 63-45 defeat to the Barbarians last month.

With the loss to South Africa last weekend, they now own a five-game losing streak.

Elsewhere in the world rankings, the All Blacks remain in the top spot - a place they've held uncontested since 2009.

Ireland sit in second while Wales is fifth to round out the top five nations.

World Rugby rankings

1 - New Zealand 93.99
2 - Ireland 88.05
3 - Australia 86.56
4 - England 85.19
5 - Wales 85.13
6 - Scotland 83.83
7 - South Africa 83.81
8 - France 79.10
9 - Fiji 77.93
10 - Argentina 77.54

England's Alex Lozowski, center, runs with the ball during the rugby union international match between England and Samoa at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
England's Alex Lozowski runs with the ball during the rugby union international match between England and Samoa at Twickenham Source: Associated Press