A report from New Zealand has reliably linked John Plumtree to the vacant Hurricanes head coach position for next year’s Super 15. Current Canes coach Colin Cooper will step down at the end of the 2010 season.
Applications for the job have to be in by 26 January and the New Zealand Rugby Union are understood to have approached several high-profile Kiwi coaches abroad, including Plumtree and Clermont’s Vern Cotter. Both have applied for the position, along with several others including Peter Russell (Hawke’s Bay), Jamie Joseph (Wellington), Dave Rennie (Manawatu) and former All Black Mark Hammet.
It’s no secret that Plumtree yearns to return to Wellington, where he coached the NPC side for 5 years, before heading to Durban in 2006. Should he get the job, Chris Boyd would apparently be his assistant. Russell is apparently no highly-regarded in the region, while Rennie and Joseph, as local coaches, both appear well-positioned. Cotter’s success in the Top 14 will count in his favour, bot of the candidates, Plumtree is the only one with Super Rugby head coaching experience and I’d be very surprised if that doesn’t swing the vote in his favour.
A lot will depend on the Sharks’ early-season form in this years’ competition, as the selection committee will no doubt take that into account when making their decision. It remains to be seen, though, whether this development serves to derail the campaign.Tweet