Mehrtens earns coaching call up in France

Last updated 08:19 09/11/2012

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New Zealand rugby star Andrew Mehrtens is fully immersed in coaching now, having been handed the job at French second division side Beziers-Herault.

The former All Blacks first-five has had a long stint playing in the French scene and replaces Claude Saurel.

Saurel has been axed after his side slipped to 14th place on the table.

Mehrtens has been at Beziers-Herault as a player and then as an assistant coach since 2010 after being with glamour clubs Toulon and Racing Metro.

Beziers are determined to fight back to their glory days when they dominated the French club scene in the 1970s and 80s winning 10 titles in 14 years.

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