No Gatland, Deans for NZ job

2011-10-27 08:57

Auckland - New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) chief executive Steve Tew has confirmed that leading candidates for the All Blacks coaching position have been approached.
According to the website, approximately 20 letters have been sent out to those who are eligible.

NZRU rules dictate that time must have been worked in the senior New Zealand coaching environment (Super Rugby, ITM Cup) level for the last year, or have three years experience in those positions over a five year period.

A review is currently being undertaken by Don Tricker, who oversaw the detailed post-mortem compiled after the All Blacks 2007 Rugby World Cup exit.

It is likely that incumbent coach Graham Henry will step down, and while it is largely expected that keen assistant Steve Hansen has the inside running, the process will still take place fielding all eligible candidates.

However Tew confirmed to Radio New Zealand that there would be no high profile poaching from any other country.

Gatland is contracted to Wales until the end of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and his successes in New Zealand prompted Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Roger Lewis to earlier in the tournament usher a ‘hands off’ caution to other national unions - with Lewis recently suggesting Wales have entered their first golden era since the game went professional.

Deans is signed in with the Wallabies until the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour, although his future beyond that will not be determined by Australian Rugby Union boss John O’Neill, who recently confirmed he would step down at that time and have no involvement in the possible extension of the former Crusaders coach’s contract.

Tew is confident the NZRU can find the ideal candidate without having to compensate other unions.


  • Martin - 2011-10-27 09:26

    Maybe we can give them Pieter Snotkop De Villiers for free and thus make 110% sure they dont win it in 2015!!!

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-27 09:36

      Hang on a minute mate, are you trying to say that God made a mistake? Surely not because amongst the fruit there's a prickly one......surely not, BLASPHEMY

      Peet - 2011-10-27 10:01

      @Sam. No sir. It was not God who appointed him as head coach of the Springboks. That mistake was made by people.

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-27 10:33

      @peet, oh right, must of been the gunslinger then.

  • Burtfred - 2011-10-27 11:30

    Don Tricker - and appropriate name for a member of the NZRU.

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