Plum gets a Plum Job!

New Zealand Rugby have announced that John Plumtree will take the Head Coach position at the Hurricanes, starting with the 2019 Super Rugby season. He has signed a three-year contract with the Hurricanes.

Plumtree declined an offer of a job with the All Blacks coaching team at the end of last season as he had already been tapped by the Hurricanes to take over from

Chris Boyd after the 2018 season. Boyd is leaving New Zealand at the end of this season to take up the role as Director of Rugby at Northampton.

Jason Holland has been confirmed as Plumtree’s Assistant Coach, also contracted for three years. The final make-up of the coaching staff for 2019 and beyond would be finalised soon with the focus now being on the 2018 season.

Hurricanes CEO, Avan Lee, said the club was delighted with Plumtree’s appointment which would be well received by players and supporters alike.

New Zealand Rugby General Manager of Rugby Neil Sorensen said the appointment of Plumtree is great news.

“New Zealand Rugby is lucky to have a home-grown coach with such vast experience in a variety of high performance rugby environments.

 “The Hurricanes performances over the past three years has reflected Plum’s influence, especially his defensive expertise, and no doubt that will grow further as he takes the Head Coaching reins,” said Sorensen.

Plumtree will brings a wealth of experience to the job with a coaching career that spans more than two decades.

Having started with Swansea in 1997, Plumtree moved to New Zealand where he enjoyed a successful tenure with Wellington.

He then moved to South Africa where he was in charge at the Sharks, where he was inexplicably fired shortly after John Smit took over as CEO. Plumtree was not out of a job for long as the Irish RFU quickly snaffled him up in the role of forwards coach with Ireland’s national squad.

He returned to Wellington to partner Boyd at the Hurricanes in 2015.

I wonder what the Smit and the Sharks were thinking?…………..