Blackadder not interested in Scotland position

RICHARD KNOWLER
Last updated 05:00 30/11/2012
Todd Blackadder
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TODD BLACKADDER: "The only thing we are involved with in New Zealand is hard work and I don't think anyone would give their guys anything that hasn't been passed or ticked off."

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Todd Blackadder isn't interested in packing his bags for Scotland.

Andy Robinson's resignation as Scotland head coach has stoked speculation among northern hemisphere media that Blackadder, who played in Edinburgh and was a forwards coach with Scotland during the 2004-05 season, may apply for the vacant job.

But the Crusaders head coach said this was news to him and he had no desire to leave Christchurch.

"I'm fully committed, 100 per cent, to what I'm doing here. I haven't been contacted by anyone (from Scotland) and I want to do the job here," Blackadder said.

"This is purely speculation."

Former All Blacks coach and Chiefs assistant Wayne Smith, who was recently in Scotland, has also been suggested as a candidate. However, when Smith rejected the advances of England earlier this year he said he was committed to the Chiefs.

Sean Lineen, a midfielder who played for Counties before representing Scotland in 1989, was being touted as another potential applicant, along with former Springboks boss Nick Mallett.

Former Crusaders wing Sean Maitland, who recently arrived in Scotland after signing with the Glasgow Warriors, was asked by local scribes about the chances of Blackadder coaching the side when Robinson exited following the embarrassing defeat to Tonga.

Maitland endorsed Blackadder but doubted he would walk out on the Crusaders.

Despite northern reports he is on a three-year contract, Blackadder is only signed to the Crusaders for next season.

He was not contemplating coaching Scotland in the future and had not been following their games closely enough to comment on their recent failures.

"I'm probably too far removed from it. I'm not looking past this year and want to give it everything with the Crusaders. If we don't have success next year I might not be here anyway."

Since becoming coach in 2009 Blackadder has taken the Crusaders into the playoffs each season but has not won a title.

Meanwhile, All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore's five-match suspension for striking Wales lock Bradley Davies means he will not be available to play for the Highlanders in their preseason match against the Crusaders in Oamaru on February 8.

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