New Zealand Rugby confirmed Scott Robertson’s coaching squad from 2024 on Wednesday, with the announcement having a knock-on effect on several coaching jobs around the world.
The end of a four-year Rugby World Cup cycle often brings a lot of change, but with the All Blacks making unprecedented changes we haven’t seen in the last decade, it will impact the global coaching scene.
Planet Rugby takes a look at the knock-on effect it’s had and who might fill the vacancies it has created.
Let’s start with McDonald’s. It has been widely reported over the past 12 months that MacDonald would pick between New Zealand and Scotland for 2024.
He had been deployed as a replacement for Scotland manager Gregor Townsend and confirmed he had other offers.
“I chatted with a few different people because you didn’t know what was going to happen,” MacDonald said. “It was a good chance to think about what would happen next.
“But the All black it was always going to be the pinnacle, the dream job.
So with MacDonald favoring New Zealand over Scotland, Townsend looks set to stay on as head coach.
Scotland’s improved form during the Six Nations boosted confidence in the former fly-half e Times he reported in early April that he had been offered a two-year extension.
The Blues are due to replace MacDonald before next season, and it has been reported that former Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie has been approached about the job.
However, Rennie will instead go to Japan to take charge of the Kobelco Kobe Steelers. He reportedly committed to the role while still working with the Wallabies.
Blues chief executive Andrew Hore told Sky Sports they were looking for a “statesman” to replace MacDonald, a manager to further develop the Auckland side’s promising squad of players and coaches.
Having previously worked with the Blues, Joe Schmidt has been eyed for the role as he will be leaving the All Blacks lineup alongside Ian Foster. Things reports that Schmidt has a “big offer” with an unnamed team in France.
If the former Ireland head coach doesn’t take the Blues job, former Wallabies boss Robbie Deans could.
Deans has had huge success with Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan since 2014.
The 63-year-old could return to Super Rugby after winning five titles with the Crusaders between 2000 and 2008. The Reds are also keen on his services after confirming Brad Thorn will step down at the end of the season.
Crusaders and Leinster
Meanwhile, with Robertson having left the Crusaders after a very successful spell, his assistant Scott Hansen was set to be one of the first to take over as head coach of the Canterbury side.
However, with Hansen having joined the All Blacks lineup, the Crusaders are now looking for a head coach.
There are reports that feel it is too soon for assistant manager Tamati Ellison to step into the top role, and the same goes for Canterbury manager Marty Bourke.
One man whose name appears repeatedly is current Leinster forward manager Andrew Goodman. He left the Crusaders at the end of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season to join Leo Cullen’s staff. But he is still considered one of the favorites for the Crusaders concert.
Hurricanes, Japan and sharks
The Hurricanes will take their time finding a replacement for Jason Holland, with no names tied to the role yet.
But Jamie Joseph is believed to be in his final year as Japan head coach and could be an option for several New Zealand teams. He could fit the profile of Blues, Hurricanes and Crusaders.
After losing the All Blacks’ top spot, will Joseph be eager to return to New Zealand with a Super Rugby team?
Current All Blacks boss Foster will also be on the market for a new job in 2024. He is unlikely to take on one of the Super Rugby jobs in New Zealand. Then ccould he replace Thorn at the Reds? Or will he be traveling to Japan or Europe? Only time will tell with this one.
John Plumtree, one of Foster’s assistants until last year, is also weighing his options. The seasoned coach has been spotted in South Africa and is reportedly mulling a contract offer to be head coach of the Sharks again.
However, according to South African media, the Durban-based team is facing competition for its services. There could also be a return to the Hurricanes for the 57-year-old.
There is also the possibility that former Wales head coach Wayne Pivac could take one of the Super Rugby jobs. He has yet to take on a role since his sacking in December.
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