6 Nov 2019

NZR only interviewing Kiwi coaches for All Blacks job

4:04 pm on 6 November 2019

The next All Black coach will not be a foreigner, according to New Zealand Rugby (NZR) chairman Brent Impey.

2019 Rugby World Cup Bronze Final, Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, Japan 1/11/2019
New Zealand vs Wales
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen waves to the crowd after the game

Steve Hansen's replacement as All Blacks head coach will have strong Kiwi connections. Photo: INPHO 2019

Impey said all 26 contenders to succeed Steve Hansen are well acquainted with New Zealand rugby and no foreign coaches have been considered for the role.

The success of Kiwi coaches with other countries proved New Zealand produced coaches fit for the job Impey said.

"If you look at what we've seen with the World Cup, many of those best coaches come from [New Zealand]," Impey said.

"This is a luxury to have the depth we have in this country."

NZR has approached New Zeland coaches with international teams, Super Rugby sides and European club teams to consider interviewing for the job.

"We believe we have covered the field in terms of those coaches who would have the skillset to do the job," Impey said

"This is high performance you've got to get the best, the very very best, our standards are very high we believe our team has got to be the best it possibly can."

All candidates needed to name their assistant coaches and Impey said emphasis would be placed on the coaching team each applicant assembled.

The appointment panel includes, incoming NZR chief executive Mark Robinson, NZR head of High Performance Mike Anthony, former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry and former Silver Ferns coach and High Performance Sport New Zealand director, Waimarama Taumaunu.

Silver Ferns coach Wai Taumaunu

Former Silver Ferns coach Wai Taumaunu. Photo: Photosport

"We believe we have an excellent group of people on the panel, balancing the experience of winning high performance teams and leadership with external perspective and experience."

Impey said input from around 12 players would also be considered when making the appointment.

NZR aims to name the next coach by Christmas.

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