All Blacks coaching team complete; including Brad Mooar

All Blacks coaching team complete; including Brad Mooar
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 21: Assistant Coach Brad Mooar speaks to the media prior to a Crusaders Super Rugby training session at Rugby Park on February 21, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

And with that signature, the All Blacks coaching team is completed. With Brad Mooar finding a release from his Guinness PRO14 club Scarlets.

The signature has filled the Ian Foster-led coaching group, which will assume the controls of the former World Champions. ‘Former’ after their Rugby World Cup campaign resulted in a third place, and new as in that he [Foster] replaced outgoing head coach Steve Hansen.

Mooar is now officially one-fifth of the coaching group, joining Scott McLeod, John Plumtree, Greg Feek, and continuing selector, Grant Fox. He will join the group in June 2020, at the conclusion of the Scarlets’ PRO14 campaign.

All Blacks coaching team complete; including Brad Mooar

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 role with the All Blacks coaching team under new head coach Ian Foster, it was announced on December 24 (in a media statement from 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 competitions.

“We’d like to thank Scarlets for the positive, constructive and efficient approach they have taken around these discussions,” Lendrum added.

This contract deviation is both a positive, and a negative, in terms of professional rugby. Good news for the All Blacks management; who had placed a high value on Mooar’s signature. The fact Foster was rewarded with the coach’s role, with such a caveat attached, means NZR can settle their account gladly.

Whatever compensation, or exchange of intellectual property or player exchanges arranged, could also be seen as a positive.

There are negatives though, due to the fact that only weeks into a head coaching role, his club has appeared to fold to the influence of the New Zealand Rugby union. Not ‘bending to their will’ but, with the announcement that negotiated 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 organizations in the future.

It may however set an unhealthy precedent, which lawyers and player/coach agents across the globe will examine closely.

Mooar contract deviation contradicts established ‘code’

While the modern convenience of ending contracts prematurely is to the betterment of the All Blacks coaching team, it goes against the established ‘code’. To stick to your intentions, see out your term, as most would assume one would. Yet, with the prospect of International rugby beckoning, it appears that his one season with Scarlets will end prematurely.

The PRO14 side will complete the 2019/20 season, before Brad Mooar takes up his intended role in June – dependant on the placing of Scarlets. If the team continue their 2018/19 success, and reach the playoffs, then Mooar’s position might need to be extended (which would be positive for the club).

That is unknown but, what is now confirmed from this point is that Ian Foster has got his man. Brad 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 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.

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Scarlets head coach Brad Mooar ahead of the Guinness PRO14 match between Glasgow Warriors and Scarlets in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“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.”


In a strange twist, to the NZR appointment process, Brad Mooar – once an assistant coach at the Crusaders – assumes a role with the All Blacks; where his coaching partner Scott Robertson was unsuccessful in securing the All Blacks head coaches role.


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