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Brown not keen on being Highlanders head coach

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Highlanders Assistant head coach Tony Brown has said that he is not currently interested in succeeding Jamie Joseph as Super Rugby head coach when the position opens up at the end of the season.

Brown has played a core role in the Highlanders recent victories over the Chiefs and Crusaders in recent weeks but he says he does not want to take the step up yet.

The current head coach Jamie Joseph has signed to take charge of the Japan national team once his commitments to the Highlanders have been completed later this year.

Brown has jokingly said that he could have his “arm twisted” into taking the step up to head coach but he now states that for the time being he is happy where he is.

“I’ve re-signed as an assistant coach, and Roger [Clark] and the board are going through the process of finding a head coach,” Brown said.

“It’s going to take a bit of time and we’ve got plenty of time to find one. It’s definitely not my role. I’m just playing along, I guess, with Mel (Robinson on Sky).”

When asked why Brown had not put in hand up for the head coach job he said that he loves what he is doing now.

“I think my skill set and what I enjoy about rugby is suited to the role I’m doing now,” Brown told Stuff.

“I have a lot of influence over the team and the way we play the game. That’s where I’m most valuable.

“If you go into head coaching you lose that ability to affect your players and help them develop, and go more into a managerial role, making sure the team environment is heading in the right direction.

“For me (what I’m doing now) is about pure rugby ability, pure game plans and everything we do on the field and it’s what I love about coaching.”

Brown does however admit that one day he will have aspirations to take a head coaching role.

“There is going to come a stage where the game moves past what I can offer as a coach as far as being really current.”

“Players will come through and have a good understanding of how to take the game forward. A few years down the track I might look at a head coach role when I really understand how to do that well.”

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