Ian Foster, the All Blacks assistant coach, has been named as Steve Hansen’s successor as head coach of New Zealand’s national rugby team for a two-year period.
“The NZR board has today ratified Ian Foster as the new head coach of the All Blacks from 2020,” NZR chairman Brent Impey said in statement.
“He brings world-class international experience to the role, an incredibly strong coaching team, and we think he’ll do an outstanding job.”
Foster served as Hansen’s assistant for eight years and played an integral part in a golden era for the All Blacks which included an unbeaten season in 2013 and World Cup success in 2015.
Hansen stepped down at the conclusion of the recent World Cup in Japan, where the All Blacks reached the semi-final stage before being knocked out by England.
More to follow.