Phil Egan
Phil Egan

07:49 11 Dec 2019

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Ian Foster has been appointed as the new head coach of New Zealand on a two-year deal.

Foster was Steve Hansen's assistant for eight years and during that time it included an unbeaten season in 2013 and a Rugby World Cup success in 2015.

Hansen left the post after this year's Rugby World Cup, where New Zealand's hopes of a third straight triumph were ended by England in the semi-finals.

In making the announcement, NZR Chairman Brent Impey said Foster had come through as the preferred candidate following a lengthy and robust interview process.

"The NZR Board has today ratified Ian Foster as the new Head Coach of the All Blacks from 2020. He brings world-class international experience to the role, an incredibly strong coaching team, and we think he’ll do an outstanding job."

"The interview process was extensive and really difficult, which reflects the very strong applications from both candidates."

Impey said Foster would be joined by four other coaches, who will be announced in due course.

"While we can’t confirm the full make-up of the coaching team today, we’re delighted with the quality they bring - they have a wide range of coaching experiences and are a diverse group of thinkers."

Foster said he was humbled to be selected as Head Coach.

“I feel truly privileged and honoured to be given this opportunity and I can’t wait to lead the team into the next chapter of what is a remarkable legacy.

“I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved in the All Blacks over the last eight years and I’m excited and energised by a new coaching team who will join me.

“It’s incredibly humbling to be appointed to the job and I have a strong desire to serve the jersey well and represent New Zealand to the best of my ability."

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