Beauden Barrett All Blacks new head coach Ian Foster has massive shoes to fill

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Ian Foster will have massive shoes to fill as the All Blacks new head coach.

It is a job you would simultaneously love and loathe because New Zealand are already at the top; the expectation is that you keep them there.

It will be no easy feat to replace Steve Hansen, who has stepped down at the perfect time.

He led them to two World Cup victories but the aura of greatness that surrounds the team started to wane towards the end of Hansen’s tenure.

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The decision to promote his assistant, Foster, was a little left-field, considering the abundance of current head coaches from New Zealand.

But the 54-year-old has been a key part of Hansen’s backroom staff for the last eight years and showed his ability to lead with The Chiefs before that.

Among the other candidates were Warren Gatland, Wayne Pivac, Joe Schmidt and Scott Robertson, but none of them have won World Cups.

Foster has been a part of the coaching team of the greatest side in not just rugby history, but sporting history.

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