Video emerges of All Blacks player in altercation with former captain

Former New Zealand captain Justin Marhsall (R) was filmed in an altercation with All Blacks flanker Akira Ioane. Pic: Instagram
Former New Zealand captain Justin Marhsall (R) was filmed in an altercation with All Blacks flanker Akira Ioane. Pic: Instagram

Things are going from bad to worse for the All Blacks after amateur footage captured an ugly altercation between a former national captain and one of the team's stars.

The New Zealanders are already reeling from a series defeat against Ireland at home, following a 32-22 loss in the third Test in Wellington.

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Ireland's first ever Test series triumph in New Zealand coincided with the All Blacks' first series defeat on home soil since 1994.

It's left the proud rugby nation shattered and searching for answers, with pressure inevitably mounting on coach Ian Foster.

Frustrations have also clearly bubbled over between players past and present, with former New Zealand captain and TV pundit Justin Marshall filmed in a heated altercation with All Blacks star Akira Ioane.

Amateur footage shows Marshall appear to yell something at Ioane as the All Blacks flanker is dragged away by several men and held against the team bus.

Winger Caleb Clarke appears to be playing the peace-maker role as he holds Marshall back and directs him to walk away.

It's understood the video - which has been circulating widely on social media - was taken outside a Wellington establishment in the hours after New Zealand's series defeat.

Before last week, the All Blacks had never lost a home Test to Ireland, let alone a series.

Back to back losses in Dunedin and Wellington now have the All Blacks in an unfamiliar and uncomfortable spot: their lowest ever position of No.4 in world rugby rankings.

Before Covid-19, the All Blacks only lost five Tests to European sides in a decade, but under Foster, they've lost four times in eight months.

Pictured here, All Blacks coach Ian Foster after his side's third Test defeat to Ireland in Wellington.
All Blacks coach Ian Foster is a man under pressure after New Zealand suffered its first series defeat at home in 28 years. Pic: Getty

"None of us are used to that," former star All Black winger Sir John Kirwan told Newstalk ZB.

"It was a bit of a shock for everyone to see that happening ... there's a lot of negativity out there.

"The All Blacks have a lot of soul searching to do."

New Zealand rugby fans have unleashed a barrage of criticism at the team's current state of affairs, with complacency, Sam Cane's underwhelming leadership as captain and Foster's coaching as the standout issues for many.

With Foster boasting the lowest win percentage of any All Blacks coach since the mid-1990s, calls are growing louder for Crusaders coach Scott Robertson to be handed the reins.

In 2019, when the All Blacks lost their world title in a semi-final loss to England, Foster was preferred to Robertson, who had just won his third straight Super Rugby title at the time.

Robertson now has six straight.

with AAP

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