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All Blacks coach Ian Foster future, will he be sacked, next coach, win over Springboks, New Zealand

Ian Foster says he expects to stay on as All Blacks manager after winning the support of his players, saying his fate will be decided in the coming days.

Saturday’s impressive 35-23 win over world champions South Africa in Johannesburg eased some of the pressure on Foster as New Zealand bounced back from a three-game losing streak.

But New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson has refused to publicly back Foster, fueling speculation he could be replaced by effective Crusaders coach Scott Robertson.

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An announcement is expected by New Zealand Rugby later this week. The All Blacks next face Argentina in Christchurch on August 27.

“I haven’t heard or read those comments but he has work to do,” Foster said when asked about Robinson’s comments in Johannesburg.

“I’m going to jump on a plane and go home.

“He will give me feedback, no doubt, but my expectation is that I am the head coach of the All Blacks and unless I am told otherwise during the week, I will go to Christchurch and assemble the squad.”

Pundits have called for Foster, 57, to be sacked after the All Blacks lost twice at home to Ireland last month and were hammered by South Africa before Saturday’s second Test win at the Springboks.

New Zealand coach Ian Foster (L) with New Zealand fullback Jordy Barrett before the Rugby Championship international match between South Africa and New Zealand at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.
New Zealand coach Ian Foster (L) with New Zealand fullback Jordy Barrett before the Rugby Championship international match between South Africa and New Zealand at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.Source: AFP

It is unclear whether Foster has the support of New Zealand rugby chiefs but said the team is behind him.

“I definitely feel like I have the backing and support of the All Blacks,” he said.

“There are still processes New Zealand Rugby needs to go through. To train this group, you must have group support.

After Saturday’s victory at Ellis Park, loose forward Ardi Savia and captain Sam Kane gave Foster their full support.

“This performance belonged to all of us, but for me it’s my coach, I support him 100 percent,” Savea said.

“He’s under a lot of pressure.

“I know Foz (Foster) doesn’t want to make it about himself, but I want everyone to know that all the players have got their backs.” Cane Foster, who scored New Zealand’s opening Test on Saturday in a much-improved team performance, is expected to stay on as head coach.

“It’s hard when you know what’s going on in camp. You know it’s a happy camp that is working hard and sometimes you feel (the criticism) is undeserved,” Khan said.

We fully expect to continue with Foz as head coach at this level.

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