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New Zealand Rugby backs coach Ian Foster under pressure until 2023 World Cup

(CNN)Head coach Ian Foster will keep the All Blacks at least until next year'sWorld Cup, New Zealand Rugby announced at a press conference Wednesday that a series of downturns has put his future in jeopardy.

"I'm honored to have this job. It's not taken for granted," said Foster, thanking the board for its "strong support."

In recent weeks, the All Blacks have lost their series at home for the first time in almost 30 years after falling to Ireland, sinking them to a historic low of No. 5 in the world rankings and losing three in a row. I left Foster's position after suffering. Take charge of rugby's dominant team, which is increasingly under threat.

"Obviously it was a difficult time," said Foster. “At the start of this campaign, we didn’t get what we wanted against Ireland and that created performance stress.

The recent three-game losing streak, the team's first since 1998, was a historic dominance for the team that caused a wave of media criticism in New Zealand. .

A dramatic victory over world champions South Africa on Saturday seemed to have slowed the tide somewhat, giving Foster some respite.

"Some of the steps we've seen in the last few weeks give us a lot of confidence," said New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Mark He Robinson. rice field.

"Had a really great conversation with [Foster]. We're supporting [the staff] all the way to the World Cup." Head coach Joe Schmidt has announced he will be promoted from his role as an independent selector to full-time assistant coach.

"Joe Schmidt has been on my radar for probably a few years now. said Foster, adding that the two coaches enjoy a "great relationship."

The All Blacks next face Argentina in the Rugby Championship on 27 August.