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New All Blacks coach to be appointed within 'the next four to six weeks'

By Finn Morton
Ian Foster head coach of New Zealand looks on ahead of The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina Pumas at Orangetheory Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)

Following months of debate, discussion and speculation, New Zealand Rugby have confirmed that the next All Blacks head coach will be appointed within “the next four to six weeks.”


New Zealand Rugby are set to steer clear of tradition this year, and announce the All Blacks’ coach for 2024 and beyond ahead of this year’s World Cup in France.

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

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Robertson, who has coached the Crusaders to six titles in as many years, made international last month as he said that an announcement would be made by NZR “in the next few days.”

While that time period has come and gone, NZR chairman Dame Patsy Reddy has officially confirmed that an announcement within six weeks.

“Following wide-ranging consultation and after carefully weighing up all scenarios and the key lessons from 2019, New Zealand Rugby is now commencing a process for selecting the All Blacks Head Coach from 2024,” Reddy said in a statement.



“We appreciate these decisions are challenging as well try to find the balance between public scrutiny and high-performance expectations, within the need to safeguard our responsibilities and ensure we are prioritising conversations internally with our people.

“Until now, New Zealand Rugby has been reluctant to talk publicly about an appointment process for the All Blacks coach to protect the integrity of the process, and to minimise the scrutiny on the individuals involved. Recent events, however, necessitate some clarity.

“Noting the divergent views as to the best timing for this process and that neither timing window is perfect, out of respect for the people involved, New Zealand Rugby will not be making any further comment until a decision has been reached.

“This will be concluded in the next four to six weeks.”


The All Blacks kick-off their World Cup preparations with a Test match against Argentina in Mendoza on July 8th.

New Zealand will also take on Australia and South Africa in the Rugby Championship, before facing the defending world champions again at Twickenham later this year.


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