|Date of birth||1 May 1965|
|Place of birth||Putāruru, New Zealand|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (203 lb)|
|School|| Taieri High School |
Forest View High School
|Occupation(s)||Rugby union coach|
|Rugby union career|
Ian Foster is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks.
He was previously an assistant coach of the All Blacks from 2012 to 2015, a period in which the team won the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
During Foster's playing career he made 148 appearances for Waikato, a union record. He also played 28 games for the Chiefs.
Foster also played for the NZRFU President’s XV in 1995.
Foster was the Head Coach of Waikato for 2002 and 2003. In 2002, Waikato finished first after the round robin stage with eight wins from nine games, but ultimately lost the final to Auckland 28-40.
In the 2003 season Waikato were second behind Otago after the round robin standings with six wins from nine games. They then lost their home semi-final 29-30 to Wellington.
Overall, Foster's coaching record with Waikato was 15 wins from 21 games.
In 2004, Foster took over as head coach of the Waikato-based Super Rugby team the Chiefs, with the following results:
Under Foster's coaching, the Chiefs made the Super Rugby finals in 2004 and the final in 2009 and had a 50% win ratio.
In 2011, Foster became an assistant coach and selector for the All Blacks under newly-appointed head coach Steve Hansen,a position which he held until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. During his time as assistant coach, the All Blacks won 93 of 108 tests (losing in just ten), and won the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
In December 2019, Foster was named the new head coach of the All Blacks, replacing Hansen,alongside assistants John Plumtree, Greg Feek, and Scott McLeod. He also announced Sam Cane as the new All Blacks captain.
In November 2020, Argentina beat the All Blacks for the first time.
In 2022, Foster came under increasing pressure after the All Blacks were defeated in a test series for the first time by Ireland, as well as a loss to South Africa.Prior to leaving for South Africa for the Mbombela test, Foster's assistants Plumtree and Brad Mooar were sacked and replaced by Jason Ryan, with Foster taking on the backs coaching role and former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt joining as an advisor. After a review, and support from many of the All Blacks squad, New Zealand Rugby opted to back Foster until the 2023 World Cup. Two weeks later, the All Blacks lost to Argentina in Christchurch, the first time Argentina had defeated the All Blacks in New Zealand.
Note: World Rankings Column shows the World Ranking New Zealand was placed at on the following Monday after each of their matches
|Matches (2020 – present)|
|1||11 October||Australia||Sky Stadium, Wellington||16–16||2020 end-of-year rugby union internationals||Sam Cane||2nd|
|2||18 October||Eden Park, Auckland||27–7||2nd|
|3||31 October||ANZ Stadium, Sydney||43–5||2020 Tri Nations Series||2nd|
|4||7 November||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||22–24||2nd|
|5||14 November||Argentina||Bankwest Stadium, Sydney||15–25||3rd|
|6||28 November||McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle||38–0||3rd|
|7||3 July||Tonga||Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland||102-0||2021 July rugby union tests||Sam Whitelock||2nd|
|8||10 July||Fiji||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin||57-23||Aaron Smith||2nd|
|9||17 July||Waikato Stadium, Hamilton||60-13||Sam Whitelock||2nd|
|10||7 August||Australia||Eden Park, Auckland||33-25||2nd|
|11||14 August||Eden Park, Auckland||57-22||2021 Rugby Championship||2nd|
|12||5 September||Optus Stadium, Perth||38-21||Ardie Savea||2nd|
|13||12 September||Argentina||Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast||39-0||Brodie Retallick||2nd|
|14||18 September||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||36-13||Ardie Savea||2nd|
|15||25 September||South Africa||Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville||19-17||1st|
|16||2 October||Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast||29-31||2nd|
|17||23 October||United States||FedExField, Washington||104-14||2021 end-of-year rugby union internationals||Sam Whitelock||2nd|
|18||30 October||Wales||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||54-16||1st|
|19||6 November||Italy||Stadio Olimpico, Rome||47-9||Sam Cane||1st|
|20||13 November||Ireland||Aviva Stadium, Dublin||20-29||Sam Whitelock||2nd|
|21||20 November||France||Stade de France, Paris||25-40||2nd|
|22||2 July||Ireland||Eden Park, Auckland||42-19||2022 July rugby union tests||Sam Cane||2nd|
|23||9 July||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin||12-23||4th|
|24||16 July||Sky Stadium, Wellington||22-32||4th|
|25||6 August||South Africa||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit||10-26||2022 Rugby Championship||5th|
|26||13 August||Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg||35-23||4th|
|27||27 August||Argentina||Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch||25-18||4th|
|28||3 September||Argentina||Waikato Stadium, Hamilton||53-3||4th|
|29||15 September||Australia||Docklands Stadium, Melbourne||39-37||4th|
|30||24 September||Australia||Eden Park, Auckland||40-14||Sam Whitelock||4th|
|31||29 October||Japan||National Stadium, Tokyo||38-31||2022 end-of-year rugby union internationals||Sam Cane||4th|
|32||5 November||Wales||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||55-23||Sam Whitelock||3rd|
|33||14 November||Scotland||Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh||31-23||Sam Whitelock||3rd|
|34||20 November||England||Twickenham Stadium, London||25-25||Sam Whitelock||TBC|
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