Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

All Blacks short list 26 Kiwis for coaching job

All Blacks short list 26 Kiwis for coaching job

Interviews and negotiations will be conducted throughout November and early December, with NZR announcing the new head coach before the Christmas break.

NZR has already commenced the process by inviting applications from a small group of coaches familiar with New Zealand's professional rugby environment.

Hansen's eight-year tenure at the New Zealand helm ended following the Rugby World Cup bronze final win over Wales, a semi-final defeat to England having denied him a shot at a second title.

'We wrote to 26, whether they be worldwide coaches, current New Zealand Rugby coaches, whether they be the All Blacks, our Super (Rugby) teams, clubs overseas, the whole bunch, ' Impey told local media. "Whether it's your scrum coach, your backs coach, your defence coach, whatever it is we want to see a team going forward".

"This is high performance".

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The announcement came as Japan's assistant coach Tony Brown revealed he would stay loyal to Joseph and had rejected approaches from elsewhere.

The appointment panel includes Impey, former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry, incoming chief executive Mark Robinson, high-performance boss Mike Anthony, and former Silver Ferns Coach and High-Performance Sport New Zealand director, Waimarama Taumaunu.

They were promoted to the Super League for the first time after beating Featherstone Rovers in the Championship playoff final last month and kick off their 2020 season against Castleford Tigers at Headingley Stadium in England on February 2.

"This is a hugely exciting time for New Zealand Rugby".

"So we have a best target, which is Christmas, but we've left ourselves some wriggle room".

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