Foster was one of the first Super Rugby players to transition into coaching. He ended his playing career as the most-capped Waikato player of all time with 148 games (1985 – 1998) as well as 26 games for the Chiefs (1996 – 1998).
A celebrated first five-eighth, he swapped his boots for a coach’s whistle and started his coaching career as the Chiefs Technical Advisor before moving into Assistant Coach and coaching the Chiefs for eight years (2004 – 2011).
Foster was also co-coach of the Junior All Blacks (2005-07 and 2009) before being appointed as All Blacks Assistant Coach in 2012 alongside head coach Steve Hansen.
As part of the All Blacks coaching team, Foster has overseen many triumphs, including the unbeaten 2013 season, victorious RWC 2015 campaign and 2016’s record-breaking consecutive wins streak.
In May 2017, he recommitted to New Zealand Rugby through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, alongside Forwards Coach Mike Cron.
December 2019 saw him being named Steve Hansen's successor as All Blacks head coach.
|2012 - present|
|1985 - 1998|
|1996 - 1998|
|New Zealand U20's
|2005 - 2007|