Ian Foster was on Wednesday named the new All Blacks head coach after being promoted from his role as an assistant to former coach Steve Hansen.
The 54-year-old – who served as Hansen’s assistant since 2012 – beat main rival and Crusaders coach Scott Robertson to the position. The decision maintains New Zealand Rugby’s approach of promoting from within, after Hansen succeeded 2011 World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry seven years ago.
NZR Chairman Brent Impey said Foster had come through as the preferred candidate following a lengthy and robust interview process.
‘The NZR Board has today ratified Ian Foster as the new head coach of the All Blacks from 2020,’ said Impey.
‘He brings world-class international experience to the role, an incredibly strong coaching team, and we think he’ll do an outstanding job.
‘The interview process was extensive and really difficult, which reflects the very strong applications from both candidates.’
Impey added that Foster, who was awarded a two-year contract, will be joined by four other coaches, whose names will be announced later.
Foster said that he was humbled by his selection as the new All Blacks head coach.
‘I feel truly privileged and honoured to be given this opportunity and I can’t wait to lead the team into the next chapter of what is a remarkable legacy,’ said Foster.
‘I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved in the All Blacks over the last eight years and I’m excited and energised by a new coaching team who will join me.
‘It’s incredibly humbling to be appointed to the job and I have a strong desire to serve the jersey well and represent New Zealand to the best of my ability.’
As one of the first Vodacom Super Rugby players to make the move into coaching, Foster spent eight years and over 100 games in charge of the Chiefs, leading the side to the 2009 final.
After joining the All Blacks, Foster became a key part of the All Blacks’ coaching team which oversaw huge success for the side in recent years, most notably during the 2013 unbeaten season and the 2015 World Cup victory in England.
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