Ian Foster has said he expects to remain the All Blacks’ coach after gaining the support of the players.His fate will be decided in the coming days.
An impressive 35-23 win over world champions South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday eased some of the pressure on Foster as New Zealand bounced back from a three-game losing streak.
However, New Zealand Rugby CEO Mark Robinson has since publicly refused to endorse Foster, fueling speculation that he could be replaced by successful Crusaders coach Scott Robertson. rice field.
New Zealand Rugby will make an announcement later this week.
The All Blacks’ next match is against Argentina in Christchurch on 27 August.
When asked about Robinson’s remarks, Foster told reporters in Johannesburg, “I haven’t heard or read those comments, but he has work to do.
“I’m about to board the plane to go home.”
“I’m sure there will be feedback, but my expectation is that I’m the All Blacks’ head coach and I’m going to Christchurch later in the week to put the team together until they say otherwise.”
Pundits have called for the 57-year-old Foster to be sacked after the All Blacks suffered two home defeats to Ireland and South Africa last month.
Foster said it’s unclear if he has the endorsement of New Zealand’s rugby bosses, but the team supports him.
“I definitely have the support and support of the All Blacks,” he said.
“There is still a process that New Zealand Rugby wants to go through.”
“I need definite support to lead this team.”
After Saturday’s victory at Ellis Park, loose forward Ardie Savea and captain Sam Kane fully supported Foster.
“This performance was for all of us, but for me it’s my coach and I stand by him 100 percent,” Savea said.
“He’s been under a lot of pressure.”
“I know ‘Foz’ (Foster) doesn’t want to talk about himself, but I want everyone to know that every player stands behind him.”
Kane, who scored New Zealand’s opening try on Saturday and improved his team’s performance significantly, is hopeful that Foster will remain head coach.
“It’s hard to know what’s going on in camp. Knowing it’s a happy camp, working hard, sometimes feels unjustified,” Kane said. rice field.
“At this stage, we fully expect Foz to continue as head coach.”