Auckland - Blues coach John Kirwan will remain at the helm of the Super Rugby side until 2015 after extending his contract.
Italy coach Kirwan joined the Blues last year but the wave of optimism
over the appointment of the All Blacks great quickly subsided as the
three-time champions finish 10th in the southern hemisphere competition
and missed the playoffs.
"I've loved every day of this job - it's
a team and region that I'm incredibly passionate about so I'm really
happy to get another season to keep building on the work we've been
doing," Kirwan said in a statement issued by the team on Thursday.
Assistant coach Grant Doorey has also been re-appointed until 2015.
Blues lost their season-opener away to the Highlanders last week and
have a tough assignment against the seven-time championship-winning
Crusaders at home on Friday.
Kick-off is at 08:35 SA time.