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Foster and Fox score jobs

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South Waikato is mak­ing rugby head­lines again with two of its own se­cur­ing top spots in the All Blacks.

Former For­est View High School head boy and Chiefs coach Ian Foster nabbed the All Black as­sis­tant coach role and Pu­taruru’s former All Black Grant Fox be­came an independent se­lec­tor for the world champs.

Foster ap­plied for the top All Blacks coach­ing job four years ago and missed out to Gra­ham Henry but he said he never con­sid­ered stand­ing against Steve Hansen for the post this time.

‘‘I elected not to go through the process [of ap­ply­ing for the head coach role],’’ Foster said fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment as as­sis­tant to new All Blacks head coach Hansen.

‘‘I felt it was re­ally im­por­tant that the board knew I was 100 per cent be­hind him and I guess if he had missed out I was to­tally out of the pic­ture.

‘‘I al­ways felt he was the right man for the job and so I think the right thing has hap­pened and I’m just for­tu­nate enough that I’ve got a role in that.’’

Foster was never in­ter­viewed for the as­sis­tant coach­ing role, Hansen pre­sent­ing the case to the New Zealand Rugby Union board for the sup­port team of his choice.

‘‘In some ways it was harder sit­ting back than it was to ac­tu­ally go through the process your­self,’’ he said.

Fox, as­sis­tant coach of the three- time cham­pion Auck­land side un­til 2003, un­der­stood his strengths and lim­i­ta­tions, po­ten­tially around the for­ward pack and made it clear he, like any­one, could make mis­takes.

That was his rea­son­ing for want­ing to in­volve oth­ers he trusted, to en­sure he got it right.

‘‘When you do this you’d be ar­ro­gant to think you know it all,’’ he said. ‘‘It is clear there will be the odd per­son I’ll talk to and get ad­vice from. That will be a very small group be­cause you can cast your net too wide.

‘‘I don’t have knowl­edge and de­tailed ex­per­tise about ev­ery po­si­tion. Clearly there’s a cou­ple I might know more about than oth­ers. You will talk to the odd per­son, no doubt about it. Peo­ple who you trust and know will keep their coun­sel.’’

Black Grant Fox.

Former All

Photo: PETER DRURY

Head­liner: Ian Foster named as All Black As­sis­tant Coach.

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