New Zealand Rugby's global search for the next All Blacks coach could be whittled down to a four-horse race.

Neither Ellerslie, Addington or Trentham bookies would payout a second place dividend on this field.

New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey announced this week that 26 candidates have been invited to log interest in succeeding Steve Hansen.

Consider that due diligence. The more applicants, the better, in terms of forming the final short list which will be interviewed later this month.

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