Rugby World Cup: Wife and Daughter of All Blacks Coach Attacked in Créteil by Knife-Wielding Man
The wife and daughter of Ian Foster, the former coach of the New Zealand national rugby team, were assaulted by an individual armed with a knife during the opening match of the World Cup held in France.
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New Zealand coach Ian Foster before the match between New Zealand and South Africa at the Stade de France on October 28, 2023.
RUGBY – Former New Zealand All Blacks coach Ian Foster has revealed that his wife and daughter were victims of an attack during the recently concluded Rugby World Cup in France. Foster, who stepped down after the team’s defeat in the final against South Africa, disclosed that the incident occurred during the opening week of the tournament.
According to a press release, Foster’s wife Leigh and daughter Michaela, who is also a player in the New Zealand national football team, were approached near their hotel in Créteil, a suburb of Paris, around the time of the World Cup’s opening match.
“Leigh and Michaela were walking from a tube station towards our team hotel in the early evening when they were confronted by a young man armed with a knife,” reports Foster, who had been leading the New Zealand team since 2020. “This man seemed to be under the influence of something,” he added.
Foster assured that his wife and daughter managed to handle the situation calmly but firmly, and the assailant eventually left. The incident was reported to the French authorities and the security management responsible for the team’s safety.
“As a family, we would like to emphasize that this incident did not overshadow our overall positive experience in France,” Foster concluded.
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