Foster throws his hat in the ring

Date published: September 5 2016

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New Zealand assistant-coach Ian Foster is interested in succeeding Steve Hansen when he steps down after the next World Cup.

Hansen signed a contract extension in August which will see him coach the All Blacks to the next World Cup in 2019 in Japan, but Foster's current deal only runs until the British and Irish Lions tour in 2017.

Foster admitted he was interested in the head coaching role, a succession plan the All Blacks have used before when Hansen took over after the 2011 World Cup after being assistant to Graham Henry for seven years.

“I love what I do, I love this group and it’s just a matter of thinking out, first and foremost, I want to do the best job I can with the role I’ve got right now, and secondly what do I need to do to make sure I can present myself and put my hand up and say I want to be a head coach for the All Blacks," Foster told Newstalk ZB.

“That’s part of the next conversation, really, to see what can I do in order do that. Do you need to go somewhere else to do that or can you do it by staying within? That’s all part of a conversation that’s a little bit ongoing at the moment.”

A formidable side under Henry, the All Blacks have only grown more dominant during Hansen’s tenure.

“There’s a strong logic to that (succession) and it’s one that’s worked well for the All Blacks,” said Foster, seen as one of New Zealand’s finest players to never earn an international cap.

“But to be the head coach of the All Blacks you’ve got to be the right person and the best person should get that job, whether it’s from inside or outside. I understand that.”

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