All Blacks short list 26 Kiwis for coaching job

Ian Foster Jamie Joseph and Dave Rennie

Ian Foster Jamie Joseph and Dave Rennie

"We have made it clear that anybody who gets into this process, come along with your team", Impey said.

"Whether it's your scrum coach, your backs coach, your defence coach, whatever it is, we want to see a team going forward", he said. Our standards are very high.

Chairman Brent Impey said it was "a luxury" to have such coaching depth to call on after Steve Hansen stepped down at the end of the Rugby World Cup.

The search for a new coach comes after Hansen's decision to step away from the role earlier this year.

The All Blacks current attack coach Ian Foster is the leading the race to take over, with Crusaders' boss Scott Robertson, Japan's brains trust Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown, as well as Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie also in the running.

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According to the New Zealand Herald, 26 coaches have been invited to apply for the vacant role. NZR has already started inviting applications from coaches who are familiar with the All Blacks environment.

"The simple answer beyond the 26 - no", Impey said. You don't put an ad up on Seek to try find the next All Blacks coach.

They were promoted to the Super League for the first time after beating Featherstone Rovers in the Championship playoff final last month and kick off their 2020 season against Castleford Tigers at Headingley Stadium in England on 2 February. Some have coaches overseas for a long period, others for a shorter period'.

All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams is to become the highest-paid player in either of rugby's two codes after agreeing to join Canadian side Toronto Wolfpack on a two-year, A$10 million ($6.90 million) deal, Australian media reported.

New Zealand Rugby has begun the process of finding the next All Blacks coach, with an appointment expected prior to Christmas.

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