ALL BLACKS COACHING APPOINTMENT FIASCO

New Zealand Rugby Union CEO Mark Robinson’s leadership came under the microscope again this week on the issue of who will coach the All Blacks after this year’s World Cup.

Mark Robinson

Most people’s hot favourite for the job, Crusaders coach Scott Robertson came out in the media this week saying an announcement on the appointment was imminent.

However Mark Robinson refuted that claim and we would all like to know what the hold up is. It’s obvious Robertson will be the next All Blacks head coach, well you would hope so anyway because there’s not much more he can do as far as winning titles go, to push his claims.

Scott Robertson has put his hand up that he wants the job.

Understandably current All Blacks coach Ian Foster has admitted the coaching appointment or lack of, is a distraction he or the players don’t need and skipper Sam Cane also urged the NZRU to sort it out.

There is no way the NZRU can delay the announcement until after the World Cup because by that stage Robertson and any other creditable candidates will have been snapped up by another country.

The new coach also needs time leading into the job to get things in place like his support staff, looking at the players form and remembering there is the usual mass exodus of experienced players happening post World Cup, mostly to Japan so a major rebuild is on the cards.

Ian Foster

Most countries, certainly the top tier ones will already have plans in place post World Cup, New Zealand most certainly should as well and the sooner the key appointment of head coach is named the better for everyone.

The sad thing this shambles would not have happened if Foster had been replaced midway through last season as he was expected to be on the back of some very ordinary performances including three successive defeats. The fact Foster’s job was only saved on the back of a brilliant last 15 minutes against the Springboks shows how fickle the coaching appointment process is.

Reliable sources reported that Robertson had been told to get ready to be appointed the following week only for the NZRU to back track, retain Foster and then first game home from South Africa the All Blacks suffer a first ever loss to Argentina in Christchurch.

Foster shouldn’t be coaching the All Blacks, he got the job not having won anything as a head coach at domestic level. At least if we know we are going to have a new coach next season we’ll just have to live with Foster in charge. 

Jamie Josephs name has been mentioned but does he actually want the job ?

I’ll be cheering the boys on whatever happens and I’ll be at the grounds to watch the action live.

There is talk in some quarters of Jamie Joseph getting the head coaching spot and he’d do a wonderful job but I would be surprised if he’s even interested given how well he’s set up in Japan. Leon MacDonald must also be somewhere in the equation having coached the New Zealand A side to Europe last year.

Of course the the All Blacks could win the World Cup with Foster coach and Cane captain but that would require the coach to settle on a number one lineup with players in their specialist positions. He would also need to inject a couple of bolters which usually happens and have the balls to leave out those past their used by date.

Of course the Super Rugby competition takes on extra importance in World Cup year with so much to play for.

Super Rugby Pacific kicks off this season on Friday February 24 in Christchurch where the reigning champion Crusaders host the Chiefs.

The women’s Sky Super Rugby Aupiki competition kicks off n Saturday, February 25, game one featuring Hurricanes Poua v Chiefs Manawa.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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