WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Long-time assistant Ian Foster has been confirmed as All Blacks head coach to succeed Steve Hansen after an appointment process shunned by some candidates who saw it as flawed and untimely. The 54-year-old Foster has been assistant coach since 2012, helping Hansen guide the team to its third World Cup title in 2015. Hansen stepped down after New Zealand’s third-place finish in this year’s World Cup in Japan, ending a seven-year tenure as head coach and a 15-year role in the wider All Blacks coaching team. Foster’s initial appointment is for only two years, not through the 2023 World Cup as might have been expected, suggesting an almost probationary start to his head coaching career. “I feel truly privileged and honored to be given this opportunity and I can’t wait to lead the team into the next chapter,” he said. “I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved in the All Blacks over the last eight … [Read more...] about Foster succeeds Hansen as New Zealand All Blacks head coach
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Ian Foster has been appointed head coach of the New Zealand rugby union team to succeed Steve Hansen who led them to victory at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Foster, who spent eight years as Hansen's assistant, was promoted to the role in preference to the Canterbury Crusaders coach, Scott Robertson, the other shortlisted contender and will start in the new year. Foster, 54, has signed a a two-year contract and follows Hansen's pathway to the top. Hansen also served eight years as assistant to Graham Henry before stepping up in 2012. "He brings world-class international experience to the role, an incredibly strong coaching team, and we think he'll do an outstanding job," New Zealand Rugby chairman... … [Read more...] about New Zealand promote Ian Foster to succeed Steve Hansen as All Blacks head coach
By AFP More by this Author WELLINGTONIan Foster pledged to restore the All Blacks' aura of invincibility on Wednesday as the former assistant coach was promoted to the top job, tasked with rebuilding the three-time world champions after a disappointing World Cup.New Zealand Rugby opted for continuity in naming Foster, who was the preferred candidate of illustrious departing coach Steve Hansen, under whom he worked for eight years.He beat main rival Scott Robertson to the job, despite the Crusaders mentor winning three straight Super Rugby titles, with NZR saying the 54-year-old offered "fresh energy"."He brings world-class international experience to the role, an incredibly strong coaching team, and we think he'll do an outstanding job," chairman Brent Impey said in a statement.Foster, who has signed a two-year contract -- which stops short of the 2023 World Cup in France -- said he was humbled to take over one of the most coveted roles in rugby. Also Read Kenya 7s coach to ring … [Read more...] about All Blacks appoint new tactician
“How many professional players bear tattoos with the name of their favourite club but ply their trade elsewhere?” wondered Roger Sleigh last week. It’s surprisingly common to find ink in homage to one club on a player wearing the shirt of another. “Leicester City’s Polish defender Marcin Wasilewski has a tattoo of Anderlecht’s badge on his right leg. He spent six years playing for them and was so popular that on two occasions a group of Anderlecht fans came over to watch him play for his new team in the 2013-14 season,” writes Liam Derry. “Incidentally it’s the same leg he broke after a shocking tackle by Standard Liège’s Axel Witsel in 2009.” “Watford’s (and previously Walsall’s) Troy Deeney is well known as a Birmingham City supporter, and has a tattoo on one of his calves – a quick Google search fails to produce any pictorial evidence but there are lots of references to it,” sleuths … [Read more...] about Which footballers have tattoos of their former clubs?
It’s 4.50pm on a cold, blustery Saturday in March and I am at the in-laws’ house on the south coast of England. Cups of tea have been distributed, rugby is on the TV and Scotland are trundling to another defeat. Amid sympathetic murmurings, I glance at Twitter for the score that matters. Dumbarton have beaten Montrose away and my mood is saved for the evening. My attention, however, is drawn to the multitude of likes and shares appearing on a tweet from the official Berwick Rangers account: “Ugly scenes in the dugout as Cowdenbeath’s manager has just told [Berwick manager] Johnny Harvey to ‘take his face for a sh*te’ #BRFC.” As I stifle a giggle, I realise two things: firstly, I probably can’t explain what’s so funny to present company and, secondly, Berwick Rangers are going viral. Fast forward a week and, according to the Daily Record, the tweet had caused a “social media storm” that had “captured the attention … [Read more...] about What Berwick Rangers going viral tells football clubs about social media