21 Nov 2023

Former All Blacks coaches Foster and Schmidt up for French club job - report

11:07 am on 21 November 2023
New Zealand All Blacks Squad Training, INSEP, Paris, France 12/10/2023
Assistant coach Joe Schmidt and Head coach Ian Foster
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Joe Schmidt (left) and Ian Foster at All Blacks training during the World Cup Photo: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan, ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Former All Black coach Ian Foster and his assistant Joe Schmidt are reportedly in line to coach French club Montpellier.

French media outlet Midi Libre is reporting Foster, whose four year term as head coach of the All Blacks expired at the end of the World Cup, and Schmidt who has also previously coach Ireland, could be called in to rescue the Top 14 club side.

Montpellier have won just one of the seven matches this season and sacked head coach and former England international Richard Cockerill at the weekend.

Cockerill's sacking came after former France coach Bernard Laporte was recently appointed Montpellier's director of rugby last week.

Laporte has brought in Patrice Collazo from Brive but only on an 18 month contract with Midi Libre reporting both Foster and Schmidt are being lined up as potential head coach candidates in the long run, with Schmidt reportedly being the priority.