Super Rugby

Plumtree commits to Hurricanes for two more seasons




Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree has ended speculation over his future by committing to Wellington based Super Rugby franchise the Hurricanes for two more seasons.

Pluntree had been linked with the soon to be vacant Highlanders head coach position but he has now committed to the #Hurricanes for the 2017 and 2018 #SuperRugby seasons

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The new contract extension means that he will continue with his long-standing and close relationship with head coach Chris Boyd that led the Canes to the Super Rugby final in 2015.

“There has been some speculation about my coaching future over the past week, but my family consider Wellington to be our home and the Hurricanes are a team that is close to my heart,” Plumtree said.

“We have a great group of players and coaches at the Hurricanes and I’m glad to have the opportunity to continue working with them over the coming seasons.”

Loyalty has been a hallmark of Plumtree’s coaching career with a five year stint with Swansea in Wales followed by four seasons with the Wellington Lions, then seven with the Sharks in South Africa, a team he also represented 80 times as a player.

He returned to New Zealand last season to be closer to family after a stint as Ireland’s forwards coach and said his commitment to the Hurricanes had not changed since.

Plumtree said it was flattering to be approached by the #Highlanders but that his loyalties were firmly with the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes chairman Brian Roche said the club was in the fortunate position of having a world class coaching partnership of Boyd and Plumtree.

“I think last season’s results spoke volumes for how effective they are together. We were thrilled when John decided to return home from Ireland with his family to join the Hurricanes in 2015 and we are just as thrilled that he will stay with us for another two years.

“We see him as an integral part of the Hurricanes future and a key part of our succession planning.”

John Plumtree’s coaching career

2015- Hurricanes Assistant Coach
2013 – Ireland Rugby Union Forwards Coach
2008-2013 – #Sharks Super Rugby Head Coach
2007 – Sharks Assistant Coach
2003-2006 – Wellington Lions Head Coach
1997-2001 – Swansea Head Coach

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