Blues contract extension for Sir John Kirwan

Last updated 17:57 27/02/2014
Kirwan
VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: Sir John Kirwan.

Related Links

Simon Hickey to start for Blues against Crusaders Dagg ditched by Crusaders for Blues match Ruthless Kirwan in no mood for forgiveness Ma'a Nonu in coach John Kirwan's cotton wool Benji Marshall will make a great 10, says Kirwan

Relevant offers

Super Rugby

Johan Bardoul ready to prove his worth to Chiefs in Super Rugby Sorry outcome for Foley-foiled Crusaders side Super Rugby start just what Bryce Heem hoped for Adventure race challenge through country for Highlanders Robbie Robinson on the lookout for next rugby contract Crusaders line up pre-season hitout with Queensland Reds in Brisbane Hurricanes find hi-tech answer for All Black absentees ACT Brumbies board gets big shake-up Crusaders' match in Fiji hangs in the balance Crusaders chairman Murray Ellis calls it quits

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."

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which 2015 NZ Super Rugby team looks best?

Blues

Chiefs

Crusaders

Highlanders

Hurricanes

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content