The confirmation of Mooar completes Foster’s assistant coaching team. He will look after the attack after the announcement last week that John Plumtree will take the forwards, Greg Feek the scrum and Scott McLeod the defence.
NZR head of professional rugby Chris Lendrum said: “We’re pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Scarlets which will see Brad return to New Zealand in June at the conclusion of the club’s European competitions.”
“We’d like to thank Scarlets for the positive, constructive and efficient approach they have taken around these discussions. We recognise the difficult position it put the club in, but they, like us, also recognised that it was a fantastic opportunity for Brad – the chance to coach his country.”
Lendrum explained that while details of the agreement between NZR and Scarlets were confidential, it did include the payment of some compensation for the Scarlets. There was also an intention to continue to foster links between the two organisations in the future.
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WalesOnline had reported last week that Scarlets had “put a price tag of around the £200,000 ($NZ400,000) mark” to grant Mooar an early two-and-a-half-year release from his three-year deal to join the All Blacks.
Mooar said: “To be joining the All Blacks coaching staff next year is an incredibly humbling and proud moment for my family and me. The opportunity to help coach your country comes around very rarely, so I would like to thank the Scarlets club for allowing me to join the All Blacks.
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— Scarlets Rugby (@scarlets_rugby) December 24, 2019
“The Scarlets players, staff, fans and board have all been superb and it is hugely appreciated by my family. I will be giving it my all with this special group of people at the Scarlets this season to help us achieve our goals before we head back to New Zealand to join Ian and the All Blacks.”
“Similarly, I’d like to thank Ian Foster and NZR not only for this opportunity, but also to finish the season with the Scarlets. The support I have had from both sides of the world has been amazing.
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) December 24, 2019
All Blacks boss Foster added: “We’re delighted to have Brad confirmed to join us. I know the new coaching group is excited and keen to get into their work next season and we’ll look forward to welcoming Brad in following his commitments with Scarlets.
“On behalf of the All Blacks, I’d also like to thank Scarlets for their understanding around Brad’s release. It is very much appreciated.”
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