Livestream: NZ Rugby to announce new All Blacks coaching successor to Ian Foster after World Cup

NZ Rugby has called a media conference at 4pm Tuesday to announce the next All Blacks head coach to succeed Ian Foster after this year's World Cup.

The appointment has been fast-tracked several months to avoid losing candidates to other international teams amid the scramble to secure top coaches.

Incumbent Foster has elected not to contest the position again, disgruntled that he has not been given the chance to retain the job on the basis of his World Cup performance.

"I felt the best thing for our team and for our entire management group was to have this process done after the Rugby World Cup," he said. "That hasn't happened, but we will accept the decision and move on.

"My sole focus remains unchanged. It is to lead this All Blacks team and management group in our planning and preparation, so that we go to France with the goal of winning the Rugby World Cup and making this country proud.

"I won't be re-applying for the job of head coach."

His withdrawal leaves two clear candidates, with Crusaders coach Scott Robertson - a six-time Super Rugby champion - the obvious favourite and Japan boss Jamie Joseph a possible leftfield spoiler.  

Join us for livestream of the announcement at 4pm Tuesday