Ian Foster All Blacks

Former New Zealand head coach Ian Foster. Photo: AFP

All Blacks coach on World Cup loss: I’ll never get over it!

Outgoing All Blacks coach Ian Foster has admitted the World Cup defeat to the Springboks will haunt him forever.

Ian Foster All Blacks

Former New Zealand head coach Ian Foster. Photo: AFP

All Blacks coach Ian Foster will be vacating his post now that the World Cup is over, but he so very nearly led New Zealand to what would have been a stunning triumph at the recently concluded global showpiece.

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However, in the end, the Springboks clinched a one-point win in a game of small margins.

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Not to be for All Blacks despite impressive showing at the World Cup

In a recent interview, he reflected on what could have been and admitted the agonising loss still occupied his thoughts regularly.

“We’ve always said World Cups are unique and you look back at 2011 for example, we won a really tight game against France 8-7,” he recalled. People forget about how tight that game was, they just remember the victory.

“There were cries from the French for a penalty in the last part of that game. Am I philosophical? I guess I am about it but what I’ve learnt, I’ll never get over it I don’t think, but there is no point us carrying around a lot of anger about it either because it doesn’t change.

“We’ve just got to acknowledge that’s what finals are about, there is a bit of drama on all counts.”

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Officiating complaints

Foster also suggested the All Blacks should have had a late penalty, while specifically pinpointing Bok flank Kwagga smith.

“I think the World Cup should have finished on a penalty to us, near where Jordie missed his first kick. Kwagga Smith clearly had hands on the ground when he won a ball at the breakdown that we didn’t get a penalty for.

“The drama of having a 48 metre penalty to finish a World Cup, that wouldn’t have done anyone’s nerves any good anyway. But look, there’s a whole lot of ‘what ifs’, but that’s what it is.”

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