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Shelford criticizes Kirwan's Blues appointment

John Kirwan has been appointed Blues coach for two seasons

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Article Published: Wednesday 18 July 2012|

Former All Black captain Buck Shelford has criticized the Auckland Rugby Union's appointment of Sir John Kirwan as Blues coach.

Kirwan has taken over coaching of the Blues from Pat Lam after the team had a terrible season and finished last in the New Zealand conference.

A last round victory over the Brumbies in Canberra lifted the Blues to their final standing in 2012 to 12 after they were rooted to the bottom for much of the season.

Former Japan and Italy coach Kirwan has been appointed on a two year contract but Shelford has criticized the appointment.

Shelford pointed out that Kirwan had not been through the coaching ranks in New Zealand.

"He started his coaching at international level basically, he never coached down the bottom and it's like he's been fast-tracked to a career of coaching."

"Internationally he's probably only done about 20-30 games in the last 10 years," he told RadioSport's Tony Veitch.

Shelford said that he would have been happier if someone with a lot more experience had been appointed.


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