If Ireland’s win against the All Blacks in Dunedin this Saturday was historic, it was for two reasons. The first, the most obvious, because Ireland won in New Zealand for the first time in their history. In more than a century of rugby, the Greens have never beaten the All Blacks. The second reason, because Clover trainer Andy Farrell, became the coach who defeated New Zealand the most times tied with Eddie Jones. winner at 6 times Men in Black he equalizes the former Wallabies coach, who beat the New Zealanders five times between 2001 and 2004. In the event of another victory this Saturday in the third test of the Tour of Ireland, he would definitely break the record in the professional era.
While coaches like Rassie Erasmus or Fabien Galthié have been glorified in the past by beating the Kiwis once or twice, Andy Farrell has done so on six occasions. To tell you about the ex-rugby 13 player’s incredible performance at Wigan.
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Farrell has now beaten the Silver Farn team six times in his coaching career. 2012 with England as assistant to Stuart Lancaster. 2017 with the British and Irish Lions in the second Test. 2016 and 2018 as assistant to Joe Schmidt at Ireland. And finally 2021 and thus 2022 as a coach. With every win, the massive contribution of the Wigan native, former rugby star at the age of 13, was invoked and praised by observers. His contribution, with his reversed and aggressive defense inspired by Rugby 13, has given his team victory every time.
Although New Zealand were still scoring tries, Farrell’s coached teams found the strength to protect their in-goal as best they could. Most notably, the beginnings of canon matches allowed England or Ireland to win the match. Like this Saturday in Dunedin, an incredible start to the game from the Irish, who literally grabbed disaffected Kiwis by the throat and were totally lost on the pitch, made all the difference. As well as a round mastered game end in defence, where the Irish scratchers made the difference. Ireland’s reverse defense sometimes forced New Zealand to play inside. The Doris, Van der Flier and Beirne quickly recovered penalties and won their battles on the ground.
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If good defense saves games and wins competitions, you also need to know how to attack well to claim to beat New Zealand. The drastic changes made in the Irish style of play, still inspired by rugby at 13 (the empty and doubled runs offered to the ball carrier), added to the dynamism of the front pack that rhythmizes the release of the ball, give reason to Farell.
These changes were possible thanks to the mental work the coach demanded of the players. The latter, as with the Lions and England, has turned its players into men who are no longer impressed by New Zealand and therefore no longer finish the game during games. The changes Farrell brought to Ireland’s playstyle were possible through collective Soulsearching. Accepting a Tour of New Zealand with two more games during the week is a sign the players have been tested and needed to outdo themselves. A drastic change considering Ireland have had an unfortunate habit in recent years of relying too heavily on Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and therefore being very brittle outside.
Andy Farrell Coach or Selector, it is above all a desire to give his players the mental ability not to be impressed by the legendary All Blacks team. And that’s probably why, alongside his aggressive defensive strategy and attacking game plan, he’s managed to beat New Zealand six times in his career.
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