Cape Town - New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has reached an agreement
with the Scarlets club in Wales to allow coach Brad Mooar to return to
New Zealand to take up a coaching role with the All Blacks under new head coach Ian Foster, it was announced on Tuesday.
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According to the official All Blacks website, NZR Head of
Professional Rugby Chris Lendrum said: “We’re pleased to announce that
we have reached an agreement with Scarlets which will see Brad return to
New Zealand in June at the conclusion of the club’s European
“We’d like to thank Scarlets for the
positive, constructive and efficient approach they have taken around
these discussions,” Lendrum added.
“We recognise the
difficult position it put the club in, but they, like us, also
recognised that it was a fantastic opportunity for Brad - the chance to
coach his country.”
“We’re delighted to have Brad confirmed to join us. I know the new
coaching group is excited and keen to get into their work next season
and we’ll look forward to welcoming Brad in following his commitments
with Scarlets. On behalf of the All Blacks, I’d also like to thank
Scarlets for their understanding around Brad’s release. It is very much
The confirmation of Mooar completes Foster’s assistant coaching team.
Mooar will look after the attack in the
coaching set-up. As announced last week, John Plumtree will look after
the forwards, Greg Feek is scrum coach and Scott McLeod will look after
Mooar said: “To be joining the All
Blacks coaching staff next year is an incredibly humbling and proud
moment for my family and me. The opportunity to help coach your country
comes around very rarely, so I would like to thank the Scarlets club for
allowing me to join the All Blacks.
“Similarly, I’d like
to thank Ian Foster and NZR not only for this opportunity, but also to
finish the season with the Scarlets. The support I have had from both
sides of the world has been amazing. The Scarlets players, staff, fans
and Board have all been superb and it is hugely appreciated by my
family. I will be giving it my all with this special group of people at
the Scarlets this season to help us achieve our goals before we head
back to New Zealand to join ‘Fozzie’ and the All Blacks.”
said while details of the agreement between NZR and Scarlets were
confidential, it did include the payment of some compensation for the
Scarlets. There is also an intention to continue to foster links
between the two organisations in the future.