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Sunwolves Super Rugby head coach Mark Hammett appears to be in the running for the soon to be open Crusaders and Highlanders coaching jobs.

Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph has agreed to coach Japan to the next Rugby World Cup while Todd Blackadder will leave his position.

Hamett is currently in charge of the Sunwolves and will act as caretaker coach of the Japanese national side in June before Joseph takes charge.

New Zealander Hammett is keen to return to New Zealand and want to remain in Super Rugby having had a spell coaching in Wales.

Hamett’s family – his wife and two daughters – have remained in Christchurch and when asked if he had applied for either of the position he said, “Possibly.”

“The simple answer to that is I enjoy Super Rugby,” Hammett told Stuff.

“It is something I stated before I left (for Japan) that it is something I would like to get back into at some stage. Whether that is in the near future, or later on, that is yet to be seen.”

Hammett is contracted to assist Tasman head coach Leon MacDonald in the NPC later this year and said that it is unlikely that he will stay on with the Sunwolves who he took charge of at the end of last year.

“It was an opportunity which I have used as a case study, and I have hugely enjoyed it. I have a family and a couple of daughters to consider when I make those sort of decisions.”

“So it is very unlikely I will do another term.”

 

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