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Super 14 assistants named

Published: 12:08PM Friday September 22, 2006 Source: ONE Sport

The New Zealand Rugby Union has announced the new assistant coaches for New Zealand's Highlanders, Crusaders and Chiefs Super 14 franchises.

Former All Black Warren Gatland, the current Waikato Air New Zealand Cup coach and Chiefs technical advisor, joins Chiefs head coach Ian Foster as the new Chiefs assistant coach, replacing Farrell Temata.

Otago Air New Zealand Cup assistant coach and Highlanders defence coach Glenn Moore is the new assistant coach of the Highlanders, working alongside Highlanders head coach Greg Cooper. He replaces Phil Young, who is concentrating on the Otago Air New Zealand Cup team.

Former All Black Mark Hammett, who has been technical advisor for the Crusaders, becomes Crusaders assistant coach, continuing his work with head coach Robbie Deans. Hammett replaces Vern Cotter, who is coaching in France.

NZRU Deputy Chief Executive Steve Tew said with New Zealand rugby coaches in demand all over the world, it was encouraging to have three top coaches committed to New Zealand rugby.

"They are all excellent coaches with an incredibly wide knowledge and skills base. All three have already made important contributions to their respective provinces and franchises and we are delighted that New Zealand rugby will continue to have their services," he said.

Mr Tew said the appointments had been made by a joint NZRU-franchises Appointments Panel.