29 Nov 2011

Cotter confirms he's interested in All Blacks job

11:05 am on 29 November 2011

New Zealander Vern Cotter, who is in charge of French rugby club Clermont, is interested in taking over from Graham Henry as coach of the world champion All Blacks.

49-year-old Cotter, who has coached Bay of Plenty and was assistant to the Crusaders from 2004 til 2006, has told the French sports daily L'Equipe that he is a candidate for the job.

He says he's fully committed to the work he has with Clermont ... but he still has a passion for New Zealand rugby and wants to play a part.

Henry left the All Blacks after steering the team to World Cup glory on home soil last month.

He joined Clermont in 2006 and led the team to their first French title four years later.