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Applications close for All Black coaching job

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The New Zealand Rugby Union have revealed that applications have now closed for the position of All Blacks coach as they have received “several” applications.


World cup winning coach Graham Henry said that he would not re-apply for his position last month and that he would prefer to work on a consultancy basis.


Applications closed on Friday and while the union wouldn’t name the candidates, Henry’s former assistant Steve Hansen is seen as the frontrunner for the job but faces competition.


New Zealand media reported Vern Cotter, a New Zealander currently coaching the French club Clermont Auvergne, likely is among the candidates.


Cotter, who was previously an assistant at the Canterbury Crusaders and coached Bay of Plenty province, meets criteria which require applicants to have coached in New Zealand in the past year or to have at least three years’ experience at Super 15 or provincial level.


The appointment of a new All Blacks coach is expected before the end of the year.


Henry coached the All Blacks for eight years, winning 88 of 103 tests. New Zealand won the Tri-Nations tournament five times and achieved three Grand Slams against the northern hemisphere Home Unions.


Hansen has been Henry’s assistant since 2004. He also succeeded Henry as Wales coach when Henry was dismissed from that position in 2002.

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