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All Blacks appoint new head coach
By Raga House | Wed 11 Dec, 2019 07:54
Ian Foster has been appointed the new Head Coach of the All Blacks, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced on Wednesday morning. 
54-year-old Foster will now lead the All Blacks into a new era, after eight years as Assistant Head Coach of the team.
 

In making the announcement, 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. He brings world-class international experience to the role, an incredibly strong coaching team, and we think he’ll do an outstanding job.” 

Impey said Foster had been appointed for a two-year period. 

“The interview process was extensive and really difficult, which reflects the very strong applications from both candidates.” 

Impey said Foster would be joined by four other coaches, who will be announced in due course. 

“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.

Mini biography - Ian Foster

 54-year-old Ian Foster, who succeeds Steve Hansen as Head Coach, has been Assistant Head Coach of the All Blacks since 2012 and was a key part of the coaching team which guided the team through a hugely successful period, including the unbeaten season in 2013, the Rugby World Cup victory in 2015, multiple successful Bledisloe and Freedom Cup campaigns and Investec Rugby Championships as well as Northern Tours. 

The team has had an 87 percent winning record over that period.  Foster was one of the first Super Rugby players to transition into coaching. He spent eight years and over 100 games coaching the Chiefs before joining the All Blacks. 

He was a Selector and also worked alongside Steve Hansen on strategy, with a particular focus on back play and attack. 

Ian is the most–capped Waikato player of all time with 148 games (1985 – 1998) as well as 26 games for the Chiefs (1996 – 1998). He swapped his boots for a coach’s whistle and started his coaching career as the Chiefs Technical Advisor before moving into Assistant Coach and Coach roles with Waikato. 

He was co-coach of the Junior All Blacks (2005-07 and 2009), when the team was unbeaten in 16 matches.

-Story derived from https://www.allblacks.com/

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