All Blacks: Skipper Sam Cane admits he is ‘a little over’ head coach rigmarole
All Blacks skipper Sam Cane admits he is “a little bit over” the current saga surrounding the succession of Ian Foster as head coach.
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) confirmed this week that they will announce the new coach in four to six weeks, breaking the tradition of making the announcement after the World Cup.
Foster ruled himself out of contention earlier this week, claiming he will not reapply for the position.
“Now everyone can move on”
NZR has not handled the situation in the best way with the coaching role in the spotlight for some time, and Cane is just happy a decision has been made, and now everyone can move forward.
“Not just players, but I think everyone might be a little bit over how long it’s been playing out publicly with different things here and there. But the fact that the decision’s been made, now everyone can move on and know what’s happening,” Cane told the NZ Herald.
There are two obvious front runners for the job led by Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson, who has openly said he is ready for the step up to the Test arena. Joining him in the race is Japan coach and New Zealander Jamie Joseph.
Regardless of who will take over one of the most prestigious jobs in rugby, Cane is just looking to play well for the Chiefs and hopes the appointments do not drag on too much.
“We know now a decision has been made so we can just worry now about focusing on this season and what’s ahead, which [for me] is the Chiefs season right now,” he said.
“As long as these appointments don’t carry on too late into the year, then I think come All Blacks season, as long as coaches and management know what the future looks like for them and can just focus on doing their jobs to the best of their abilities, it should be fine.”
Chiefs starting strongly
The Chiefs had a dream start to their Super Rugby Pacific season, beating the defending champion Crusaders in Christchurch in round one.
Cane is delighted with the start and looks forward to the rest of the campaign.
“I think we’ve got a really good team, a lot of continuity in the squad, coaching and management which is something we haven’t had for a wee while – probably since Dave Rennie’s era,” he said.
“I’m excited about this season and what we can achieve at the Chiefs, and then we’ll know what’s ahead in terms of the All Blacks. I had a big off-season and put in lots of work, so I’ve hopefully put myself in the best shape to have a good Super Rugby season and take that into the internationals.”
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