Cooper steps down as Chiefs coach

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Chiefs Tremendous Rugby coach Colin Cooper has stepped down with a 12 months left on his contract after the two-time champions exited on this season’s quarter-finals.

Chiefs coach Colin Cooper has unexpectedly stepped down from the position with the Tremendous Rugby franchise regardless of having a 12 months to run on his contract.

The 60-year-old was in cost on the Hamilton-based aspect for the previous two seasons and guided them to the Tremendous Rugby quarter-finals on each events.

The beginning of a brand new World Cup cycle from subsequent season was a consider Cooper’s determination, New Zealand Rugby chief govt Steve Tew stated.

“Subsequent 12 months is a post-World Cup 12 months when there may be a whole lot of participant motion inside Tremendous Rugby and golf equipment are starting the subsequent four-year cycle,” stated Tew, whose organisation has a say in using the Tremendous Rugby coaches.

“Taking that into consideration, each Colin and the membership have spoken at size over a number of weeks and agree that the time is true for a brand new coach to take the Chiefs into 2020 and past.”

Cooper, who was accountable for the Hurricanes for eight seasons earlier than teaching provincial aspect Taranaki from 2010-2017, succeeded Dave Rennie on the Chiefs.

“The position of the top coach has developed a lot over the previous 5 – 6 years,” Cooper stated.

“My ardour is hands-on on-the-field teaching, however with greater taking part in numbers and extra employees concerned nowadays, I get taken additional and additional away from my ardour.”

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Former Waikato stalwart Warren Gatland, who’s leaving the Wales job after this 12 months’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, had beforehand stated he was concerned about returning to a Tremendous Rugby teaching position in New Zealand.

Gatland, nonetheless, was re-appointed earlier this month as British and Irish Lions coach for his or her 2021 tour of South Africa.


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