The wife and daughter of ex-All Blacks coach Ian Foster were attacked during the Rugby World Cup, threatened by a man armed with a knife, the man who led the New Zealanders to the final of the competition.
His wife Leigh and daughter Michaela, also a defender in her country's national football team, were accosted near the hotel of the Blacks, who were based in Créteil, near Paris, around the time of the match opening of the World Cup, won by France against the New Zealanders (27-13).
“There was an incident involving my wife and one of my daughters in Paris, during the opening week of the Rugby World Cup,” Foster said in a statement, after revelations from the New Zealand press.
“Leigh and Michaela were walking from a nearby tube station to our team hotel in the early evening when they were confronted by a young man armed with a knife,” he added. “This man appeared to be under the influence of something.”
Ian Foster, who was replaced at the head of the Blacks by Scott Robertson after the World Cup, assured that his wife and daughter had managed to defuse the situation “calmly, but firmly”. “The young man is gone,” he continued.
The attack, which Foster had not mentioned during the competition, ended for the Blacks with a 12-11 defeat in the final against the South Africans, was reported to the French authorities and to the management responsible for the security of the Blacks. , further clarified the former coach.
“As a family, we would like to emphasize that this incident did not spoil our stay in France, which was overall positive,” he concluded.
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