Former All-Black hooker Mark Hammett, currently Crusaders assistant coach, has been appointed head coach of the Hurricanes starting from 2011. Sharks boss John Plumtree was widely rumoured to have his hopes set on the position.
Whatever Plumtree decides to do after this year’s Super 14, he won’t be getting a Super rugby job in Wellington, that’s for sure. Although both the coach and Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl have repeatedly rubbished reports that the former has his heart set on a move back to his homeland, persistent rumours from within Durban would suggest that Plumtree has already closed the door on his career with the Sharks and is really just going through the motions at the moment.
Certainly, the team’s current run of form (no wins from three starts) is doing nothing to help his cause and I would go so far as to say that should the Sharks not show a dramatic turnaround in their fortunes in the next few weeks, Plumtree’s position in Durban will become completely untenable. The Canes job looked to be his way out of this mess but right now, I’m not seeing any easy exit for the former nightclub bouncer. My gut feeling is that Plum will walk at the end of the Super 14 – if he doesn’t get fired first – but now it’s anybody’s guess where he will go when that does happen.
A return to New Zealand seems certain. I’m just not sure what sort of coaching job he’ll find there.Tweet