Number of Kiwi coaches at World Cup prompts questions over health of global rugby | Matt McIlraith

With seven New Zealanders leading teams in Japan, the diversity of the game may not be evolving at the highest level

As the ninth Rugby World Cup approaches, the bookmakers’ odds on a Kiwi getting his hands on the trophy at tournament’s end are small. Perhaps, then, they should frame a market on which Kiwi, given nine of the participants have either Kiwi head coaches or, in the case of England and Tonga, New Zealanders in prominent positions among the back-room staff.

Throw in an Australian coaching England, Welshmen in charge of Canada, Namibia and Russia, and a South African leading the United States, and 55% of the teams at the tournament are not coached by a native.

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