Midfielders coy about Canes coaching position

TOBY ROBSON
Last updated 05:00 19/06/2014
Alama Ieremia
PONDERING HIS FUTURE: Alama Ieremia

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Former All Black midfielders Jason O'Halloran and Alama Ieremia both remain in the mix as the Hurricanes look to complete their new Super Rugby coaching arsenal.

That's about all that's clear three weeks after Chris Boyd was announced as the Hurricanes new head coach and Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree as his assistant.

"I'm still interested and we are having talks, but it hasn't progressed too far," O'Halloran said yesterday as he prepared his Manawatu side for a provincial warmup match in Palmerston North. "I played for the Hurricanes and I've remained passionate about the team, I have a lot of family down in Wellington so there are some things that are attractive, but that's about all I can really say at this point."

Ieremia, the current Hurricanes backs coach, and fresh from his first stint as Samoa's technical adviser for tests against Tonga and Italy, said his position had not changed since Boyd and Plumtree were appointed last month.

Ieremia has previously said he would love to be involved in some way heading into the future, but had not applied to replace outgoing head coach Mark Hammett.

Hurricanes chief executive James Te Puni would only say things were "progressing nicely" and that an announcement on the remainder of the coaching staff was likely within "the next couple of weeks".

It's understood a series of meetings later this week will shape the final decision.

The process will not have been helped by Boyd's involvement in the IRB Junior World Championships where he has been coaching the New Zealand under-20s.

New Zealand's campaign finishes tomorrow night when they play Ireland in a playoff for third and fourth.

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