Rugby: New All Blacks coach to be selected by Christmas

New Zealand Rugby hopes to announce the next All Blacks coach before Christmas.

NZR chair Brent Impey said the shortlisting process would begin immediately, while interviews and negotiations should be concluded by early December.

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

The appointment panel includes former All Blacks head coach Sir Graham Henry, former Silver Ferns netball captain and coach Waimarama Taumaunu, incoming NZR chief executive Mark Robinson and NZR high performance head Mike Anthony. 

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

"We know that the All Blacks and New Zealand have been served well by exceptional coaches, so we are well aware of the importance of the task ahead.

"We believe we have an excellent group of people on the panel, balancing the experience of winning high performance teams and leadership, with external perspective and experience."

Last week, former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie admitted he had already been contacted, while current assistant Ian Foster and Crusaders coach Scott Robertson are also leading candidates.

Japan coach Jamie Joseph has yet to indicate his interest, but assistant Tony Brown has confirmed he will go wherever Joseph goes.