Ian Foster will continue to coach the All Blacks until the next World Cup (September 8-October 28, 2023 in France). Despite its recent poor performance (two defeats against Ireland in July, during the summer tour, and a face to South Africain Rugby Championship, on five tests disputed this year), the New Zealand Federation (New Zealand Rugby) renewed its confidence in him.
Relieved, Foster thanked the body’s board of directors and Mark Robinson, its chief executive, for their ” strong support. […] It’s a privilege to hold this position, it’s never something you take for granted. “.
Last Saturday, the situation was more tense. Of course, the All Blacks took their revenge over South Africa, in the Rugby Championship, winning (35-23). But Mark Robinson, the chief executive of New Zealand Rugby, had refused to publicly support Foster. The latter, however, had no resentment after this episode. ” In a way, that’s also part of ”Robo”s job. (Robinson) to criticize me “, he underlined.
“We are excited about the developments and changes we have seen”
The All Blacks coach had already received support from players like Ardie Savea and captain Sam Cane after Saturday’s win.
Joe Schmidt attacking coach
Called to resign in some New Zealand media, Robinson insisted the All Blacks camp remained united. ” We’re really excited about the developments and changes we’ve seen and some of the tweaks that Foster (has done), he assured. We believe – at the board, executive and player group level – that together we support this. »
New Zealand Rugby has nevertheless announced a major adjustment: former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has been promoted to attack coach. For a few weeks, he had been acting as a consultant to the All Blacks, an “independent coach” in the words of the New Zealand camp, without his role being clearly defined. It is now done.
On August 27, the All Blacks will play their next Rugby Championship match in Christchurch against Argentina.