6 Nov 2023

Ian Foster's family reportedly confronted by knife-wielding man at Rugby World Cup

8:47 pm on 6 November 2023

First published on Stuff

Ian Foster home from RWC

All Blacks coach Ian Foster talks at Auckland Airport on their return from the Rugby World Cup. Photo: RNZ / Marika Khabazi

Family members of outgoing All Blacks coach Ian Foster were reportedly confronted by a man with a knife in Paris just days before the Rugby World Cup got under way.

Foster's wife Leigh and daughter Michaela, who plays for the Football Ferns, were approached near where the All Blacks were staying, 1News reported. It is understood the hotel where the New Zealanders were stationed at the time was in a high-crime area.

The pair were able to escape the attempted mugging without loss of possessions or injury but were understandably shaken, according to 1News.

Foster did not reveal the incident publicly but according to reports, the traumatic incident was discussed by All Blacks management and members of the travelling party were given a warning not to head out alone after dark.

There were reportedly also issues inside the hotel, with some players' rooms not having air conditioning despite 35 degree C plus temperatures. The hotel was taken out of the World Cup rotation after the All Blacks stayed there in the early part of the tournament, 1News reported.

Michaela Foster, daughter of All Blacks coach Ian Foster has signed with the Phoenix.

Former All Blacks coach Ian Foster's daughter Michaela Foster plays for the Football Ferns. Photo: David Rowland/Photosport

As with every team at the Rugby World Cup, the All Blacks were surrounded by a heavy police presence during the tournament.

The 12-11 loss to South Africa in the final was Foster's last game in charge of the All Blacks, with New Zealand Rugby making the decision to appoint former Crusaders coach Scott 'Razor' Robertson to the role, back in March.

- This story was first published byStuff

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