Coaches recommit to All Blacks

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster and forwards coach Mike Cron have extended their contracts until 2017.

Foster has been an assistant to All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen since 2012, during which time the Kiwis have fashioned a stunning record of 49 wins, two draws and just three losses in 54 Tests.

'It's been an honour and a privilege to have worked for the All Blacks over the last few years and to help the team achieve their goals, including winning the World Cup, and I look forward to getting stuck into next season after the summer break,' Foster commented.

Cron will also continue in his role and said it had been an easy decision to extend his stint with the All Blacks.

'I'm really enjoying the environment and the next couple of years will be an exciting challenge for the coaching team as we look to identify talent and help develop them into world-class rugby players.'

The bulk of the All Blacks' management team have also recommitted to the national side, although defence coach Wayne Smith has indicated he will take a year off from full-time coaching.

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