All Blacks to name new coach in December

New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey confirmed on Tuesday the All Blacks will announce Steve Hansen’s successor as head coach in December.

Impey said earlier this month 26 homegrown coaches had been identified to take over from Hansen, who guided the All Blacks to the 2015 World Cup title and a third-place finish in Japan at this year’s edition of the tournament before stepping down.

A number of leading contenders have ruled themselves out of the running for the job, including former Wales coach Warren Gatland and Jamie Joseph, who on Monday renewed his contract with Japan until the 2023 World Cup.

“We congratulate and wish Jamie well as he continues his work coaching the Brave Blossoms,” Impey said in a statement. “We respect his decision and his abilities as a coach.

“The All Blacks head coach selection panel will continue their shortlisting process, with interviews and negotiations to be conducted through November and early December.

“We are looking forward to announcing the next head coach of the All Blacks next month.”

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster and Crusaders coach Scott Robertson are among the favourites to take over.

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