Call goes out to Kiwi coaches for All Blacks job

Ross Houston
November 7, 2019

Chairman Brent Impey said it was "a luxury" to have such coaching depth to call on after Steve Hansen stepped down at the end of the Rugby World Cup.

NZR confirmed the search for his successor was under way in a statement released on Wednesday, in which the organisation said it had invited "applications from a small group of coaches familiar with New Zealand's professional rugby environment".

"We hold him in very high regard and when his playing career finishes, I'm not sure in what role, but I believe he has things to offer us here at New Zealand Rugby, absolutely". "We are looking forward to announcing the next head coach of the All Blacks next month", he said.

"This is high performance. We believe our team has to be the best it possibly can".

Joseph's assistant coach Tony Brown revealed on New Zealand television that he turned down the opportunities from both Ian Foster and Scott Robertson to join their potential All Blacks coaching teams.

Outgoing Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is not expected to enter the running for the role despite moving back to New Zealand.

'This is a specialist job, you don't put an ad up on "Seek" to try and find the next All Blacks coach. All of them have been in our process from time to time.

'We wrote to 26, whether they be global coaches, current New Zealand Rugby coaches, whether they be the All Blacks, our Super (Rugby) teams, clubs overseas, the whole bunch, ' Impey told local media. Some have coaches overseas for a long period, others for a shorter period'.

"So we have a best target, which is Christmas, but we've left ourselves some wriggle room".

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