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    Ian Foster to coach All Blacks

    Today at 11:23 AM International
    by Beth Newman


    Current New Zealand assistant Ian Foster has been confirmed as the new All Blacks coach.
    Foster served as attack coach under his predecessor Steve Hansen and has long been earmarked as the next international leader.

    Though he seemed an obvious successor, the All Blacks' World Cup semi-final loss to England put the certainty of Foster's ascension in doubt.

    Interestingly, Foster has been signed for just two years, rather than through to the next Rugby World Cup in 2023.

    Foster beat out highly-rated Crusaders coach Scott Robertson for the role after the pair interviewed for the job in Wellington last week.

    New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey said Foster was selected after an "extensive" interview process.

    "The NZR Board has today ratified Ian Foster as the new Head Coach of the All Blacks from 2020. He brings world-class international experience to the role, an incredibly strong coaching team, and we think he’ll do an outstanding job," he said,

    “The interview process was extensive and really difficult, which reflects the very strong applications from both candidates.”
    Impey said Foster would have four assistants but did not reveal their identity in Wednesday's announcement.

    “While we can’t confirm the full make-up of the coaching team today, we’re delighted with the quality they bring − they have a wide range of coaching experiences and are a diverse group of thinkers."

    “On behalf of New Zealand Rugby, I want to congratulate Ian on his appointment, and we wish him well for this next phase in the All Blacks’ story."

    The 54-year-old said he was "honoured" to be appointed 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,” he said.

    “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."

    Incoming NZR CEO Mark Robinson said Foster would bring his own flavour to the job.

    “These are exciting times. Ian has pulled together a very strong team and he is an outstanding person in his own right with a high-quality set of values," he said.

    “He is committed to stamping his own mark on the team and it’s clear that he and his coaching team want to bring a new and fresh energy into the All Blacks environment.”

    Robinson paid tribute to the Robertson's quality and tipped him for an international role down the track.
    “As someone who knows ‘Razor’ well as a former teammate, he was a very impressive candidate and these decisions are never easy," he said.

    "We know Razor is an outstanding coach and I have no doubt he’ll have a big future in our game at international level.”

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    TIFS PREDICTION - Fozzy will get the arse after two years and Gatland will take over after the Lions Tour in time for RWC 2023 with Razor as his assistant

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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    TIFS PREDICTION - Fozzy will get the arse after two years and Gatland will take over after the Lions Tour in time for RWC 2023 with Razor as his assistant
    I need to laminate this and put it somewhere safe so that we know in 2 years time if Tif is a genius or not.

    Although I know a Chiefs supporter who was adamant that Foster not be given the ABs job, considering Australia has just hired the guy who showed Foster up by taking his team and making them dual Super Rugby winners!

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    ...not to mention an internationally renown coach who clearly shared said Chiefs supporters opinion and was suppressing the urge to elucidate...!

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    No idea who you are talking about AndyS. I mean it's not as if we went on a trip to Japan with anyone like that, is it. Now where's that photo ...

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    you bastards with your secret squirrel stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokendown gunfighter View Post
    you bastards with your secret squirrel stuff!
    You know the saying: What goes on tour, …, gets referenced obliquely ad nauseum (cf. Crown Land)

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