CARDIFF, 8 October - The New Zealand Rugby Football Union has announced that it will make an appointment for head coach of the senior men's team by Christmas.
This leaves Graham Henry's position as head coach undecided, with his contract running until early next year.
New Zealand were defeated 20-18 by France in the quarter-final of the IRB Rugby World Cup on Saturday.
NZRFU chairman Jock Hobbs announced on Sunday that there would be an inquiry into the team's failure to win the Webb Ellis Cup.
Henry said at a press conference that he had not decided on his own future.
"I'm pretty comfortable at 61. I don't have to worry about it. I'm not thinking about it.
"We gave it our best shot and it wasn't good enough," he said.