Beauden Barrett Beauden Barrett calls for continuity in All Blacks as he praises coaching contender Ian Foster

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Beauden Barrett speaks to media after arriving back in New Zealand from the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

All Blacks fullback Beauden Barrett has called for continuity in the coaching staff as the search for Steve Hansen’s successor ramps up.

Barrett and the rest of the All Blacks squad arrived home on Tuesday after failing in their quest for a Rugby World Cup three-peat in Japan.

Beauden Barrett Beauden Barrett comes through the arrivals hall at Auckland Airport as the All Blacks returned home from Japan on Tuesday.

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Beauden Barrett comes through the arrivals hall at Auckland Airport as the All Blacks returned home from Japan on Tuesday.

The completion of the tournament brought the curtain down on Hansen’s eight-year tenure as head coach, with assistant Ian Foster, Crusaders mentor Scott Robertson and former Chiefs boss Dave Rennie among the leading contenders to replace him.

Barrett is set to remain a key player moving forward having re-signed with New Zealand Rugby earlier this year, and it appears he would have no problem seeing Ian Foster step up to the top job.

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“I’ve really loved working with ‘Fozzie’ over the last eight years,” Barrett said at Auckland Airport. “He’s a very intelligent coach, he’s a great team man and hopefully we can have some continuity going forward.”

The 28-year-old Blues-bound playmaker went on to praise Hansen, who handed him his All Blacks debut in 2012.

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Steve Hansen chats to media after arriving back in NZ

“Steve legacy’s a very strong one – his win percentage speaks for itself,” Barrett added. “I think the biggest

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