Field narrows for Southland Stags coach's post

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 21/12/2013

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Rugby Southland has narrowed the field to a list of preferred candidates for the Stags' head coaching position for next season.

The union is in talks with those on the short list after interviews over the past week, but an appointment is not likely until early in the New Year.

Incumbent David Henderson and Southland development coach Damien Pine were among the initial applicants, although there was interest from throughout New Zealand and overseas.

The interview panel included two members of the Rugby Southland board, Southland Basketball Association and Southland Sharks general manager Jill Bolger and All Blacks assistant coach Aussie McLean.

Meanwhile, the Southland sevens men's and women's teams will be named the first week of January. The national finals are in Rotorua on January 11 and 12.

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