New Zealand Rugby have already turned an eye to appointing the next All Blacks coach, with Joe Schmidt and Warren Gatland among the leading candidates, according to chief executive Steve Tew.
“Ian Foster is sitting there as a very strong candidate when Steve [Hansen] does finish but there’ll be others,” Tew told The Guardian.
“Joe is sitting in Ireland and we’d like to have him back. Vern is coaching at a very high level and you wouldn’t rule Gatty out either.
“(But) you’ll have to ask Warren what he wants to do next.
“What we will do is manage the transition very well,” Tew said. “We’ll be sitting down later this year to work out the process.”