Robinson confirmed the appointment process had been discussed at Wednesday’s board meeting in Auckland. “We know there’s an awful lot going on in that market and we are confident we’re having all the conversations we need to have at this time,” he said, though declined to elaborate on those.
Asked by Stuff if he acknowledged traditional timelines had changed around the appointment process, Robinson indicated wheels were already turning in that area. NZ Rugby has traditionally not looked at the role until after the global tournament.
“We acknowledge that is part of the deliberation we’re going through, recognising previous processes around appointments versus what’s happening in the international environment, and learnings from the last appointment process as well.
“(Changing timelines) has been acknowledged, and discussions we’re having with all our talent across the board would signal that as well. We’re keeping a close eye on what’s happening internationally."