Beauden Barrett All Blacks coach Ian Foster ‘miniscule’ says British rugby writer Stephen Jones

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Ian Foster replaces the departing Steve Hansen as the next All Blacks head coach on a two-year contract.

British rugby writer Stephen Jones has labelled new All Blacks coach Ian Foster “minuscule” on the global stage in the Sunday Times article pondering why there was so little interest in such a big job.

England bundling New Zealand out of the Rugby World Cup hailed the end of an era, Jones said.

Beauden Barrett Ian Foster has been appointed All Blacks coach.


Ian Foster has been appointed All Blacks coach.

The world waited to see how New Zealand Rugby would respond, and it responded with Ian Foster.

“Foster has been a dutiful member of Hansen’s back room but has negligible experience outside the hothouse of New Zealand rugby. Certainly, in profile he is minuscule on the global stage,” said Jones.

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“But if the New Zealand job is indeed “the most important coaching job in world rugby”, as one professional fan insisted in New Zealand recently, then why did only two people want to do it?”

And why did only 22 per cent of Kiwis indicate their support for Foster, with a whopping 78 per cent wanted Scott Robertson, Jones asked.

Beauden Barrett Crusaders coach Scott Robertson will need to contemplate his future.



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