“As an All Blacks coach you live with that all the time. Does it hurt? Yes it does. But the key thing for me is ensuring we've got robust processes to make sure we have the right people in the right seats.”
There was no immediate sign of much change in the playing group with only two alterations to his squad for the Rugby Championship.
Despite speculation in the New Zealand media this week that they would be axed, Foster has retained flanker Sam Cane as captain and gave no indication that he would change any of his assistant coaches.
“I have faith in Sam Cane,” he added. “We all know we have high accountability when you wear an All Blacks jersey and we need to do that better.”
Former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, Foster said, would remain an independent selector but would not have any wider advisory role and would not be on the plane to SA.
Foster said he understood the frustrations of the New Zealand public.
“I love the passion of our fans and I love the opinion. What I can assure people is that I'm not here other than to do the best job I can.”