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French giants reportedly eyeing ex All Blacks duo Ian Foster and Joe Schmidt

Former All Blacks coaches Ian Foster and Joe Schmidt have made Montpellier’s shortlist amid a significant teaching reshuffle with the Prime 14 outfit, in keeping with French outlet Midi Libre.

After successful solely certainly one of their opening seven matches of the season and sitting on the foot of the Prime 14 desk, the 2022 champions sacked head coach Richard Cockerill and his assistant Jean-Baptiste Élissalde over the weekend, with Patrice Collazo changing him simply days after he too was sacked by ProD2 outfit Brive. This swiftly occurred after former France coach Bernard Laporte was named Montpellier’s director of rugby final week.

With Collazo solely on an 18 month contract, Midi Libre have reported that each Foster and Schmidt are being lined up as potential head coach candidates in the long term, with Schmidt reportedly being the precedence.

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The pair have simply come from guiding the All Blacks to inside some extent of World Cup glory, dropping to South Africa within the remaining final month 12-11 in Paris. That they had been working collectively since August 2022, when the previous Eire coach joined Foster’s teaching workers following the All Blacks’ sequence loss to Eire. From there, they went on to win back-to-back Rugby Championships in addition to coming second on the World Cup.

Regardless of their success, it was confirmed in March this yr that Crusaders boss Scott Robertson and his teaching crew would take over the All Blacks after the World Cup, leaving Foster and Schmidt free brokers.

In the meanwhile, Collazo could have a training workers of Vincent Etcheto, Christian Labit and Antoine Battut, as they plan to navigate Montpellier out of the relegation zone and arrest a run of six consecutive defeats. That can start with a go to from eleventh positioned Oyonnax this Saturday adopted by a visit to Bayonne the week after.




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