27 Oct 2011

NZRU rules out Gatland and Deans from All Blacks job

8:00 am on 27 October 2011

The New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew has effectively ruled out poaching Warren Gatland from Wales or Robbie Deans from Australia to be the next All Blacks coach.

With incumbent Graham Henry expected to announce his retirement in the near future the NZRU has begun sending out letters to potential candidates outlining the requirements of the job.

The All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen is Henry's likely successor, with Gatland contracted to Wales through until the end of the 2015 World Cup while Deans is contracted to Australia until the end of 2013.

Tew says they don't want to get involved in the untidy situation of buying people of out contracts.

He says while it hasn't been discussed with the NZRU board he's confident they can find the appropriate person for the job without having to compensate international unions if they recruit a coach who's already coaching another national side.