New South Wales attack coach Todd Louden will leave Australia at the end of the Super 14 season to become head coach of Japanese club Ricoh.
Foxsports reports that in signing with the Tokyo side for almost $600,000 dollars a year over two seasons, Louden has knocked back a lucrative offer from an English club, and opted against applying for the Waratahs’ head coach job.
Louden was touted as a favourite for the Waratahs’ position, to be vacated at the end of the Super 14 season by Ewen McKenzie, whose contract will not be renewed.
McKenzie has been linked with French Top 14 club Stade Francais.
Reports say the continuing uncertainty within the NSW Rugby administration over which direction it wants to take is understood to have put Louden off going after McKenzie’s job.
Louden’s agent Ben Williams said Louden’s decision to head to Japan was for financial and family reasons.
He said Louden preferred Japan because he will be closer to Australia, where he and his wife have family, than if they were to move to England.
“Financially, the opportunity is too good to be true for Todd and his family,” Williams said.
“And with the uncertainty back home, it is too hard for him to refuse such a good opportunity.”
Louden will have former Australia fly half Stephen Larkham, a veteran of 102 Tests, on his player roster at Ricoh.
Louden joined NSW after one season as attack coach with the Northern Bulls and was instrumental in helping the South Africans win their first Super 14 title last year.Tweet