Foster would never again serve as All Blacks manager

He said on Wednesday that Ian Foster will not seek re-election as New Zealand rugby coach after the 2023 World Cup in France (8 September – 28 October).

By Le Figaro with AFP


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The move follows the New Zealand Rugby Union Launch the search for the next All Blacks coach Who will succeed Foster in 2024, whose contract expires this year. Foster criticized the governing body for starting the recruitment process in the midst of preparations for the World Cup. “As I said last week, I felt the best thing for our team and the entire management group would be to complete this process after the Rugby World Cup.Foster said in a press release. “It has not happened but we will accept the decision and move on. I will not apply for the manager’s position again,” said the 57-year-old, adding that he remained focused on winning the World Cup.

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It didn’t happen but we will accept the decision and move on. I will not apply again for the position of technical directorsaid the 57-year-old, who added that he remains focused on winning the World Cup.

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New Zealand Rugby has taken the unusual step of starting the recruitment process well before Foster’s contract expires, in a bid to prevent rival international teams from poaching candidates they eye. “This is particularly important in the global rugby environment where there is great competition for elite coaching talent.New Zealand President of Rugby Patsy Reddy explained in a press release.This will be completed within the next four to six weeksshe added.

Foster has been under pressure since last year after a series of erratic performances from the All Blacks, including a losing streak against Ireland and his first loss at home to Argentina. He claimed last month that speculation about his future could hurt the team’s preparation for the World Cup, which begins in September. “I’m particularly frustrated by the fact that we’d rather focus on making tables based on what some of the favorites think is good for them, rather than what’s good for this All Blacks team.Complained to Radio Newstalk ZB. Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is the favorite to replace him.

The former All Blacks third line winger is nicknamed “razorRobertson has coached the Crusaders since 2017, leading them to six consecutive Super Rugby titles. Several national teams and clubs have shown interest in encroaching on him. Japan coach Jimmy Joseph, also a former All Blacks forward, is seen as another strong candidate for the job.

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