New Zealand Rugby have announced that Ian Foster will take over the reigns from Steve Hansen as the new All Black coach.
The 54-year-old Forster got the nod after serving as assistant coach to Hansen for the past eight years.
Foster was only given a two year deal ahead of Crusaders coach Scott Robertson.
Robertson was the only other candidate that was interviewed by the New Zealand Rugby selection panel.
Foster told New Zealand media that he thought the loss against England in the World Cup may hurt his changes but always felt he was capable to do the job.
Being assistant to Hansen made him develop as a coach and he has become better because of that, he told the media.
From a Springbok point of view and maybe the rest of the top nations, it is the best decision they did not go with Robertson.
Robertson would have brought a total new dimension to the All Black side and I do believe that New Zealand have missed out big time.
Even Hansen started to loss the plot a bit the last two years and did not really evolve with the team as he did in his first six years.
I do not see much changed with Foster in charge and we may see another term like we saw with Mitch in the early 2000’s.
Maybe that is the reason why they only gave him two year contract.