Get Newsletter

Foster is very clear on his future as All Blacks coach

NEWS: All Blacks coach Ian Foster admitted Wednesday it was “highly unlikely” that he would be in charge next year, as speculation grows in New Zealand about his future.

ADVERTISEMENT

Foster’s contract expires following this year’s World Cup in France and he doesn’t expect it to be extended.

“I think it’s pretty highly unlikely that I will be in this job next year,” Foster told Newstalk ZB radio.

“I keep getting asked about it if I am going to apply, but the question [for me] is what is best for the All Blacks in 2023.”

*Article continues below…

Video Spacer

New Zealand Rugby reportedly wants to have the All Blacks coaching staff for 2024 finalised by April.

ADVERTISEMENT

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson and Japan boss Jamie Joseph have been tipped as possible replacements.

Foster is concerned that debate about his future could overshadow World Cup preparations and wants any announcement about 2024 All Blacks coach made only after the tournament.

“This is more of a debate about who is going to apply rather than what is the right thing for the team,” Foster added.

“I’m reading the tea leaves and I think it looks like there’s a mood for a change.

ADVERTISEMENT

“And, so for me, I’d like to put energy into that at the end of the year. Not now.

“My sole focus is on the World Cup. We have a big prize to win. I’d rather be talking about that in 2023.”

Foster replaced Steve Hansen following the 2019 World Cup.

He came under pressure as the All Blacks posted erratic results last year and lost at home to both Ireland and Argentina for the first time.

But they did beat world champions South Africa on their way to winning the Rugby Championship and then went undefeated on their four-match northern hemisphere tour.

Foster said he has not spoken to the All Blacks players about his future.

“I haven’t tried to engage any players, they have enough pressure on them in their own areas,” he added.

“I speak on behalf of a management team of 20 people who are working their butt off to go to France and win the World Cup. That is our only goal.”

 

Join free

Walk the Talk | Ardie Savea | Trailer

New Zealand v Canada | Pacific Four Series 2024 | Full Match Replay

HSBC Sevens Challenger Series - Munich Day Two Replay

HSBC Sevens Challenger Series - Krakow Day Two Replay

Japan Rugby League One Semi-Final | Wildknights v Eagles | Full Match Replay

Japan Rugby League One Semi-Final | Bravelupus v Sungoliath | Full Match Replay

Pieter-Steph du Toit, The Malmesbury Missile, in conversation with Big Jim

Chasing The Sun | Series 1 Episode 1

Write A Comment