25 May 2013

Maori All Blacks coach steps down before tour

8:00 pm on 25 May 2013

Maori All Blacks coach Jamie Joseph is stepping down after three years in the job.

That means he won't be coaching the team when they play Canada and the United States on a two-match tour of North America in November.

Rugby Canada general manager Mike Chu says his team is very excited to be playing the Maori All Blacks, who he says are one of the most respected teams in the world and play a great brand of rugby.

USA Rugby president and CEO Nigel Melville says the Maori All Blacks have a proud tradition and this an exciting opportunity to expose American rugby fans to world-class international rugby events.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew has praised Joseph for his contribution to the team, especially leading them through their centenary celebrations in 2010.

The NZRU will begin the search for a new head coach next month.