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NZR finalise 2024 All Blacks management group under Scott Robertson

By Finn Morton
Assistant Coach Tamati Ellison and Head Coach Scott Robertson (L-R) look on following a Crusaders Super Rugby training session at English Park on January 18, 2021 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Current Crusaders assistant Tamati Ellison is the final member to join the new-look All Blacks coaching group for 2024, as confirmed by New Zealand Rugby on Thursday.

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Ellison, who played four Test matches for New Zealand, joins Scott Robertson’s management group as the All Blacks’ newly appointed Contact Skills Coach.

The other assistant coaches working with the man affectionally known as ‘Razor’ include Jason Holland (backs), Jason Ryan (forwards), Leon MacDonald (attack) and Scott Hansen (defence).

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Rugby guru Wayne Smith – who helped the All Blacks end their Rugby World Cup drought in 2011 before leading the Black Ferns to a title last year – will support the group as a performance coach.

“We are extremely excited by the mix of top international coaching and management experienced, and high-quality new personnel, in the team supporting Scott,” NZR General Manager professional Rugby Chris Lendrum said in a statement.

“We strongly believe that these are the best people to carry the All Blacks’ legacy forward and enhance it further in the coming years.

“We have worked closely with Scott and his team in creating some new roles and are excited to see what this group can achieve.”

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Former Crusaders coach Scott ‘Razor’ Robertson was officially named as Ian Foster’s successor in the All Blacks hot seat in March.

Robertson was the fan favourite for the position after leading the Crusaders to seven Super Rugby titles in as many years – a feat that very well may never be replicated.

While it was a popular decision to appoint Robertson into the role, the makeup of the rest of the All Blacks management group for 2024 should pique the interest of New Zealand rugby fans as well.

“I’d like to welcome everyone to what is a special team of highly skilled individuals,” Robertson said.

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“It’s a real privilege to represent our country and I’m proud of the group that we have assembled. They are all at the top of their craft and bring some incredible expertise with them.

“I know how hard each person has been working, and will continue to work, as we build towards our first season together. A massive focus for us is to do the jersey proud and build on an amazing legacy.”

2024 All Blacks Management

Scott Robertson (Head Coach)

Jason Ryan (Assistant Coach – Forwards)

Leon MacDonald (Assistant Coach – Attack)

Scott Hansen (Assistant Coach – Defence)

Jason Holland (Assistant Coach – Backs)

Tamati Ellison (Contact Skills Coach)

Wayne Smith (Performance Coach)

Jamie Hamilton (Head Performance Analyst)

Al Beeton (Assistant Performance Analyst)

Jon Gardner (Assistant Performance Analyst)

Ceri Evans (Head of Leadership + Mental Performance)

Nic Gill (Head of Performance)

Adam Hay (Performance Scientist)

Martin Swan (Doctor)

Karl McDonald (Lead Physiotherapist)

Teresa Te Tamaki (Assistant Physiotherapist)

Kat Darry (Dietician)

Paul McLaughlan (Team Manager)

Megan Compain (Commercial Manager)

James Iversen (Logistics Manager)

Matt Manukia (Communications Manager)

Paula Powlesland (Business Manager)

Bianca Thiel (Operations Manager)

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Jon 1 days ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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