BREAKING NEWS: Rennie named new Wallabies head coach

By Sports Desk November 19, 2019

Dave Rennie will become the Wallabies' new head coach, Rugby Australia have confirmed, though he will not start in the role until July 2020.

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  • Foster vows to 'reinvent' himself as New Zealand boss Foster vows to 'reinvent' himself as New Zealand boss

    Ian Foster knows he will have to "reinvent" himself after stepping up to replace Steve Hansen as head coach of New Zealand.

    Foster was on Wednesday appointed as All Blacks boss on a two-year deal.

    The 54-year-old spent eight years as assistant to Hansen, who left his post following the Rugby World Cup.

    Foster is aware he must stamp his own mark on the role in order to make New Zealand the best in the world once again after they were beaten by England at the semi-final stage in Japan.

    "I guess I've got a job now to reinvent myself a bit with the public and with the media." said Foster.

    "I've been eight years as an assistant coach and my job was to try to be the best assistant the All Blacks needed me to be.

    "We've had a big fella [Hansen] there who I love greatly and he's got his own style and my style has been to complement that.

    "Now it's time for you to see me in a new light and that's up to me to show you that I'm innovative, I've got a sense of direction of where I want this team to go, and I'm extremely passionate about adding a new touch to it and to really grow and get some mana back on the field, which we feel we might have lost."

    Foster, whose contract starts at the beginning of 2020, got the nod over Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson, who was also interviewed for the job.

    Incoming New Zealand Rugby chief Mark Robinson hinted Robertson's time may come to take charge of his country.

    "As someone who knows Razor well as a former team-mate, he was a very impressive candidate and these decisions are never easy." said Robinson.

    "We know Razor is an outstanding coach and I have no doubt he’ll have a big future in our game at international level."

  • Foster named All Blacks head coach Foster named All Blacks head coach

    Ian Foster will step up from assistant to head coach of the All Blacks, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

    Foster replaces Steve Hansen at the helm of New Zealand on a two-year deal beginning in 2020, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced.

    The 54-year-old has been an All Blacks assistant coach since 2012.

    "The NZR board has today ratified Ian Foster as the new head coach of the All Blacks from 2020," NZR chairman Brent Impey said in a statement.

    "He brings world-class international experience to the role, an incredibly strong coaching team, and we think he'll do an outstanding job. 

    "The interview process was extensive and really difficult, which reflects the very strong applications from both candidates."

    Foster was delighted to take the job, with Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson having also been interviewed.

    "I feel truly privileged and honoured to be given this opportunity and I can't wait to lead the team into the next chapter of what is a remarkable legacy," he said.

    "I'm incredibly proud of what we have achieved in the All Blacks over the last eight years and I'm excited and energised by a new coaching team who will join me.

    "It's incredibly humbling to be appointed to the job and I have a strong desire to serve the jersey well and represent New Zealand to the best of my ability."

  • PCB chairman Mani expects England and Australia to tour Pakistan PCB chairman Mani expects England and Australia to tour Pakistan

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani is confident Australia and England will tour the country in the coming years as they prepare for a first Test on home soil since 2009.

    Pakistan face Sri Lanka - the last team to visit over a decade ago - on Wednesday in Rawalpindi, the opener in a two-game series that also includes a Test in Karachi.

    Mani insists Pakistan are not planning to play future series on neutral grounds, with England "very supportive" ahead of a possible tour.

    "We are due to play England in 2021-22 and we are in serious discussions with them about coming to Pakistan," Mani told ESPN Cricinfo.

    "So far, they've been very supportive, so I fully expect they will come and play their cricket in Pakistan. 

    "Similarly, Australia, their chief executive has been to Pakistan and he's gone back with a totally different perception from what he thought it was like."

    Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali, meanwhile, has said the series opener against Sri Lanka is a huge moment for the country.

    "It's a moment to rejoice, not only for the players but the whole Pakistan nation," he said, in quotes reported by Sky Sports.

    "We had a tough series in Australia and the way we lost there was disappointing. Moving forward, we see this home series as an opportunity and advantage to turn things around.

    "We will try our best to fix our mistakes and improve wherever we had been lacking.

    "We have outstanding talent in our squad. They have potential and, if we implement it, results will be good."

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