All Blacks: Ian Foster should be sacked says former New Zealand Rugby chief executive

Colin Newboult

Ex-New Zealand Rugby chief executive David Moffett believes that the governing body would be making the wrong decision by keeping Ian Foster as head coach.

The All Blacks have struggled by their high standards over the last few years, culminating in a 2-1 series defeat to Ireland.

Foster is under significant pressure, with many supporters calling for him to be fired, but Moffett, who was CEO between 1996 and 2000, expects NZR to “take the soft option, which will be the wrong option, and stick with what they’ve got”.

Moffett would like to see Wayne Smith appointed as the director of rugby, with two highly regarded young coaches underneath him.

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“Then I would employ both Razor (Scott Robertson) and Leon MacDonald as his assistants, then you’ve got the forward and backs covered,” he told Stuff.

“They conducted a review six months ago (after losses to Ireland and France in November) and nothing changed. (Now is the time) to make the hard decision”.

New Zealand have been in gradual decline over the past few years but, despite their failure at the 2019 World Cup, they still decided to appoint from within.

“Steve Hansen, for the last two years (of his coaching tenure) didn’t seem to know who his best team was. Ian Foster was a part of that, and it’s continued ever since,” Moffett said.

Speculation continues around Foster’s future and Sunday’s cancelled media briefing did not help matters, another situation which Moffett believes should have been handled better.

“He (Foster) should have fronted and said, ‘I’m here, we’ve got problems, but I’ve got a plan to fix it, and I’m now going away to pick 36 players to go to South Africa (for the Rugby Championship),” he added.

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