The search for a new coach follows Steve Hansen’s decision earlier this year to stand down from the role.
NZR has already commenced the process by inviting applications from a small group of coaches familiar with New Zealand’s professional rugby environment.
NZR Chairman Brent Impey said that shortlisting, interviews and negotiations would be conducted through November and early December, with a Head Coach to be announced prior to the Christmas break.
The appointment panel includes NZR Chairman Brent Impey, incoming (from January 2020) NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson, NZR Head of High Performance Mike Anthony, former All Blacks Head Coach and NZR life member Sir Graham Henry and former Silver Ferns Coach and High Performance Sport New Zealand director, Waimarama Taumaunu.
“This is a hugely exciting time for New Zealand Rugby. We know that the All Blacks and New Zealand have been served well by exceptional coaches, so we are well aware of the importance of the task ahead.
“We believe we have an excellent group of people on the panel, balancing the experience of winning high performance teams and leadership with external perspective and experience.”
NZR has already written to a number of coaches familiar with New Zealand’s professional rugby environment, to outline the appointment process and inviting them to apply.
“This is an official employment process, and therefore it’s confidential. We are looking forward to announcing the next Head Coach of the All Blacks next month,” he said.