New Zealand All Blacks Rugby News

Cooper joins race for All Blacks job




The Hurricanes Super 14 rugby coach, Colin Cooper, has applied for the All Blacks coaching job. Applications for the position close on Monday at five o’clock.


The New Zealand Rugby Union announced it was making the role contestable but said it would welcome Graham Henry reapplying. Should Henry not be reappointed, Crusader’s coach Robbie Deans is thought to the favourite.

Cooper currently coaches the Hurricane and this will be his fifth season in charge of the Hurricanes side.

Cooper was Robbie Deans assistant when the Canterbury Crusaders won the Super 12 title in 2002.

While applications close on Monday there will be little progress on the matter next week as several of the key figures will be in England, for an International Rugby Board conference to address the global season.

In his playing days, Cooper was also loose forward for the Taranaki province in his native New Zealand.

Following Cooper’s retirement from rugby in the early 90’s, he took up full time management. In 2001 he guided the New Zealand Colts side for a season.

It was in 2003, when he rose to national prominence with the Hurricanes, when he guided them to the semi-finals in two of his three seasons in charge. In 2005 he also coached one of the All Blacks trial teams and the Junior All Blacks.

His greatest achievement to date has been taking his side to the 2006 Final, where they were defeated by the Crusaders 19-12.


He signed an extension to his Hurricanes contract in 2007, until 2009.

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