Avert your eyes from Super Rugby's impending playoffs because it's not all milk and honey in what many Kiwis believe is the true home of rugby.

The New Zealand under-20s team's defeat to their South African counterparts and then, more shockingly, Wales in Argentina this week is more evidence of the challenge ahead for New Zealand Rugby and Steve Tew's replacement as its boss.

If you start putting the pieces together and ignore the fact that four of the top eight Super Rugby teams are Kiwi sides, these are increasingly difficult times for the game here.

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