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ANALYSIS: If Ian Foster is no longer a lay-down misere for the job as the next All Blacks’ coach, who are the leading contenders for Steve Hansen’s old gig when he steps down after the Rugby World Cup?
New Zealand Rugby – led by new chief executive Mark Robinson – will have to weigh up the promise and potential of Crusaders coach Scott Robertson with some tried and trusted test performers.
Or do they look beyond one bad result in Japan and give Foster the benefit of the doubt given the All Blacks’ dominance between Rugby World Cups?
Here are seven potential contenders to be the next All Blacks coach.
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1: WARREN GATLAND
If Wales beat the Springboks and go on to win a World Cup final does the ex-All Black hooker merit a look as All Blacks coach?
He’s already inked a four-year deal with the Chiefs, but they would probably defer to the greater national good.
Gatland has achieved wonders in Wales with limited playing resources. He’s won four Six Nations crowns and he’s led the British and Irish Lions to a test series victory in Australia and a drawn series with the All Blacks.
It’s been almost 20 years since he made his test bow with Ireland, meaning Gatland is one of the most experienced and successful international coaches. To coach the All Blacks, he’d have to be willing to give up his job with the Lions for the 2021 South African tour, but may feel the sacrifice worth it.
Some fans criticise his supposedly stodgy style, but a coach is only as good as his cattle, and he’d have a bigger talent pool here.
2: JAMIE JOSEPH
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