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Foster and Fox score jobs
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.
Headliner: Ian Foster named as All Black Assistant Coach.