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Ian Foster's shock bombshell in response to NZR's announcement

By Ben Smith
Ian Foster speaks to media following the Japan Test. Photo by Kenta Harada/Getty Images

Following New Zealand Rugby’s announcement that the next All Blacks head coach will be announced in four to six weeks, current head coach Ian Foster has made a shock decision.


After standing strong publicly and sharing a desire to hold the job past the 2023 Rugby World Cup, Foster has released a statement this afternoon confirming he won’t be re-applying for the job.

The All Blacks will have a new head coach in 2024 with Foster dropping out of contention.

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The Rugby World Cup in France will be Foster’s last ride with the All Blacks after a tumultuous run that began in 2020 after the global pandemic.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson appears to be among the leading candidates for the position, along with Japan’s Jamie Joseph.

New Zealand Rugby shared Ian Foster’s comments on the All Blacks head coach appointment process.

“As I said last week, I felt the best thing for our team and for our entire management group was to have this process done after the Rugby World Cup. That hasn’t happened but we will accept the decision and move on,” Foster said.


“My sole focus remains unchanged. It is to lead this All Blacks team and management group in our planning and preparation so that we go to France with the goal of winning the Rugby World Cup and making this country proud.

“I won’t be re-applying for the job of head coach.”


The All Blacks have managed a record of 23 wins, 9 losses and 2 draws under Ian Foster, a win rate of 67.7 per cent.


A horror run from late 2021 through the 2022 season saw the side win just two from eight consecutive Tests as they suffered defeats to France, Ireland, South Africa and Argentina.

However, through the rough run of results the All Blacks have been able to retain the Bledisloe Cup, the Freedom Cup and have won all the SANZAAR titles in the three years under Foster.



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