Home > Sport
Monday May 19, 2014 MYT 7:47:10 AM
Monday May 19, 2014 MYT 7:47:55 AM
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Wellington Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett will join Cardiff as their director of rugby at the end of the Super Rugby season, the Welsh club have said.
The former All Blacks hooker said last month he would leave the Hurricanes and Cardiff was mooted as a potential destination with Phil Davies having resigned from the Blues job in March.
"I have met Mark and he was the outstanding coach and person for the role," Cardiff chief executive Richard Holland said in a statement on the club's website (www.cardiffblues.com).
"We believe his long-term vision for the Blues will take us to the next level and achieve our ambition."
Hammett joined the Hurricanes in 2011 and provoked controversy when he launched a clean-out of stalwarts including Andrew Hore and Ma'a Nonu.
The Hurricanes are eighth in the Super Rugby standings but are long shots to make the top six positions for the playoffs.
Hammett was first approached by the Pro 12 club a year ago, he told the Dominion Post newspaper.
"I said it's not the right time, but the way things rolled around, when they knew I was keen to make a move, they got back to me," the paper quoted him as saying.
"It was the right time for them as well because they'd sorted some things in Welsh rugby around structures and things like that. Things sort of fell into place from that perspective."
(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Ian Ransom)
Boyd to replace Hammett as Hurricanes coach
Hurricanes hookers causing Hammett heartache
Hammett asks Hurricanes to look in the mirror
Bloods clots end Super Rugby season for Hurricanes prop
Twin openside option for Hammett after injury concerns
Castrogiovanni left out of Toulon team to face Leicester
All Blacks coach Hansen re-signs until 2017
Armitage banned for 12 weeks after abusive rant
Wallabies Ashley-Cooper, Horwill hopping to Europe
Ladies, time to stand up and fight for your man
Looking out for your ears
Uber fights French ban at EU
Travel trends of young globetrotters
Hitting 'enter' for a cause
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)