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Foster wants answers from World Rugby



One of Ian Foster’s final acts as All Blacks coach was to send a please explain to World Rugby following the Rugby World Cup final.

The All Blacks lost the World Cup final to South Africa in a game that Foster said he and his coaching team would review despite Foster ending his 11-year association with the national team this week.

The final in Paris had a number of contentious calls over red and yellow cards and other officiating decisions.

On his arrival back to New Zealand just days after the World Cup campaign ended Foster said “we’ve already sent a file into World Rugby to get them to make a few comments on. Hopefully they do.”

Foster would not outline what he had asked World Rugby to take a closer look at but said “I think you can guess” which areas of the final were up for debate.

Foster was in no hurry to decide what would be next for him.

He said he was “very much so” interested in continuing to coach but would not be drawn on the vacant Wallabies coaching job and said he would be taking a break and “reevaluating” what his next move would be.

But he would be keeping in contact with some of his former All Blacks charges over the coming months.

“I invited a few of them to come around and pitch their tent on the lawn and I’ll supply the music and bbq and they can maybe bring a few drinks but I might actually fly around and see a few of them in the next month just to do the proper send-off.”


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Beauden Barrett recommits to NZ Rugby until end of next World Cup



All Blacks back Beauden Barrett will play rugby in Aotearoa for the next four years after re-signing with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and the Blues until the end of 2027, the year of the next World Cup.

Barrett is currently in Japan playing for Toyota Verblitz but will be eligible for All Blacks selection on return to New Zealand in 2024 and will return to Super Rugby Pacific in 2025.

The 2027 World Cup will be held in Australia.

Barrett said this decision is a reflection of his desire to represent New Zealand.

“It’s a huge privilege to put on the black jersey and one I will never take for granted. I’m still really passionate about playing alongside my brothers Scott and Jordie for Coastal, Taranaki or the All Blacks so looking forward to adding value where I can on my return from Japan. I am also grateful for the continued support from Taranaki, the Blues and New Zealand Rugby.”

Barrett, a 123 Test All Black and two-time World Rugby Player of the Year, made his international debut in 2012.

He has scored 734 points and 43 tries during a career that includes a Rugby World Cup title in 2015.

Beauden Barrett and Caleb Clarke before the Highlanders v Blues Super Rugby Pacific, Dunedin 26th March, 2022

Beauden Barrett and Caleb Clarke before the Highlanders v Blues Super Rugby Pacific, Dunedin 26th March, 2022 Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Debuting for the Blues in 2020 against his former Super Rugby team the Hurricanes, Barrett has played 30 matches in the Blues jersey, scoring 199 points for the team.

NZR chief executive, Mark Robinson, is thrilled Barrett will be continuing to play his rugby in New Zealand.

“Beauden is not just an exceptional player but also an outstanding leader on and off the field. His return is a testament to the strength and appeal of our rugby environment.

“It’s great to have him return next year and be eligible to continue his career with the All Blacks while also lining up for the Blues the following year, contributing to the ongoing success of rugby in New Zealand.”

All Blacks head coach, Scott Robertson said Barrett is a classy player.

“He is the second most-capped All Black back in history for a reason and to have his knowledge and experience in our game is a reflection of his loyalty.”

Blues chief executive, Andrew Hore, said the club were elated to have the star playmaker back in blue.

“Beauden is wonderful to have at the Blues, he’s one of rugby’s good people and treats everyone with respect,” said Hore.

“He’s been a key driver for many of our social projects and community work over the last few years, such as our Covid and flood response, and is someone who’s prepared to share his views in the team environment for the greater good.”

“Any contract extension is when we reflect on a player’s time at the club and in finalising this contract it gave the Blues and Beauden the opportunity to review where we’ve come from and commit to the vision we have for the team and club.”

“We know Beauden feels he has unfinished business here at the Blues and we’re confident he will come back with fire in the belly to take the club forward on and off the field,” said Hore.


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Williamson ton keeps Black Caps in first test



Kane Williamson emerged as New Zealand’s saviour for the umpteenth time in his career and compiled a patient hundred to help the tourists finish day two of the opening test against Bangladesh on 266-8.

New Zealand batters struggled against Bangladesh’s spin-heavy attack on a turning track in Sylhet but Williamson batted close to five hours for his cultured 104, which included 11 fours.

His 29th test hundred drew him level with Australia great Don Bradman and India stalwart Virat Kohli.

Captain Tim Southee (one) and Kyle Jamieson (seven) will resume New Zealand’s bid to erase the 44-run deficit when play continues on Thursday in what promises to be a low-scoring contest.

Earlier, Bangladesh were all out for 310 after Southee claimed the last wicket of Shoriful Islam with the first delivery of the day.

New Zealand lost Tom Latham, Devon Conway and Henry Nicholls before reaching the 100-mark but Williamson featured in three half-century partnerships to keep New Zealand in the contest.

Daryl Mitchell (41) and Glenn Phillips (42) made useful contributions while Williamson held up one end.

The top-order batter took a single off Nayeem Hasan to bring up his hundred before left-arm spinner Taijul Islam (4-89) breached his stubborn defence after Williamson attempted a forward defensive shot.

At 253-5, New Zealand looked set to grab the lead but Bangladesh claimed four wickets in the final session to leave the match evenly poised.


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Pacific Games: Fiji football team out of gold medal contention after going down 2-0 to Solomon Islands



The National Football team is out of gold medal contention of the 2023 Pacific Games competition after going down 2-0 to Solomon Islands.

They were down 1-0 at half time.

Fiji had scored a goal in the first half however it was disallowed as it was offside.

Solomon Islands will take on New Caledonia in the Men’s football final at 11am this Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Women’s team will take on Papua New Guinea at 8pm on Friday in the Women’s football final.

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