Ian Foster has shrugged off queries over his future as New Zealand coach forward of a tour of South Africa that would spell the top of his tenure.
espite large strain, Foster survived a New Zealand Rugby evaluate into the 2-1 collection defeat to Eire, along with his assistant coaches as an alternative taking the autumn for the shock consequence.
Nevertheless, defeat within the upcoming Rugby Championship assessments in opposition to world champions South Africa would renew calls in New Zealand for change on the prime.
Requested whether or not his place would possibly grow to be untenable with one other setback in South Africa, Foster mentioned he was solely centered on the job at hand.
“It isn’t one thing I take into consideration. I take into consideration simply doing one of the best I can in my position,” Foster informed reporters in Wellington on Tuesday.
“My job is to get enthusiastic about taking the group to South Africa.
“We’re not panicking. I am undecided about the remainder of the folks.”
With the three-times world champion All Blacks shedding 4 of their final 5 assessments, Foster’s 67pc profitable document from 24 assessments is the worst for a New Zealand coach in many years.
Foster mentioned head workplace had given him no calls for relating to the South Africa tour, which begins in Mbombela on August 6.
“I do not want them to inform me what we wish to do,” he added.
“We wish to play properly. With all of the feelings round if you lose a collection, it is simple for folks to get scratchy and poke holes, and I get all that and settle for all that.
“But it surely does not change our job, which is to get the group to play properly.”
Jason Ryan has joined Foster’s workers as forwards coach, changing John Plumtree, whereas assault coach Brad Mooar has not been changed.
Foster will work with the backs within the quick time period with some enter from selector and analyst Joe Schmidt, although the previous Eire coach won’t journey with the group.
Fly-half Richie Mo’unga mentioned he “100pc” backed Foster and that the gamers wanted to shoulder the blame for the Eire defeat.
“We have to make an announcement about who we’re as All Blacks and the usual that comes with that,” he added.