Blues contract extension for Sir John Kirwan

Last updated 17:57 27/02/2014

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Sir John Kirwan is in this thing for the long haul with the Blues coach having his contract extended until the end of 2015.

New Zealand Rugby announced today they had re-signed Kirwan and assistant coach Grant Doorey for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

They were both first appointed to the Blues last year.

NZRU General Manager Professional Rugby Neil Sorensen said the game here was fortunate to have former greats still contributing to the game as coaches.

"JK is a straight shooter and a 'true blues' man who does not leave anyone wondering what he's thinking. We're looking forward to seeing what he does with the Blues in 2014 and 2015," Sorensen said. 

Blues chairman Tony Carter said the board was unanimous in its view to offer contract extensions to both Kirwan and Doorey.

"We have seen enough during their tenure so far to believe they are integral to turning the Blues into one of Super Rugby's powerhouses."

Kirwan said he was "trying to build something here" and had no hesitation committing to another year. 

"I've loved every day of this job - it's a team and region that I'm incredibly passionate about so I'm really happy to get another season to keep building on the work we've been doing."

Doorey said: "It's nice to have the franchise think you're doing a good job in driving the team in the right direction. We're really motivated to make the Blues successful and the fact they've given us the time it may take is very important."

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