Rugby: Stability deciding factor in All Blacks coach Ian Foster's reappointment until end of 2023 Rugby World Cup

Stability in uncertain times has played a part in the move to extend Ian Foster's tenure in charge of the All Blacks. 

Mixed results during his first year in the job prompted speculation over his future, but NZ Rugby's put that to bed, confirming a two-year contract extension that ensures Foster will guide the All Blacks to the 2023 Rugby World Cup

The coach firmly believes his players are buying into the plans he hopes can take them back to the summit of world rugby. 

"It's a great boost, for me personally, I guess," says Foster. "In some ways, things don't change, because your job's always to look forward here."

The move to reappoint Foster is seen as a simple one for NZR, as it looks to provide clarity, before the All Blacks leave for almost four months away from home on their upcoming tour to Australia and Europe.

"Really pleased for Ian [Foster]," says NZR chief executive Mark Robinson. "Really pleased for the certainty it gives our organisation and the certainty it also gives the players at this time, in what is a critical juncture, as they head overseas in an unprecedented tour of approximately 15 weeks."

Foster's predecessor, Sir Steve Hansen, is just as pleased with the certainty, after an initial two-year appointment.

"I think he and his team are doing a pretty good job, but also it gives them stability," Sir Steve tells Newshub. 

"The All Blacks themselves, they know who's in charge now for the next couple of years and they're not worrying about that."

But Foster's tenure has hardly been riddled with overwhelming success. Last year, the All Blacks won just half their games and lost to Argentina for the first time ever.

Some question whether successful Crusaders coach Scott Robertson should have the role instead.

"I believe that I am the right person," Foster insists. "How we've been able to go the last 12-18 months, the plan, where we're progressing and the way the players are buying into stuff - I'm delighted with that.

"It's just a reflection of that, the decision."

The debate will no doubt continue, but for Foster, now it's all smiles, with an eye to the future.

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