Endacott steps down from Hornets role

TONY SMITH
Last updated 05:00 28/09/2012

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Former Warrior Shane Endacott is quitting coaching in Canterbury after two successful years with the Halswell Hornets.

Endacott, who led Halswell to the Canterbury premiership title last season and to another grand final appearance this year, said he was stepping down because of business commitments.

However, he admitted the New Zealand Rugby League's (NZRL) decision to boot the Canterbury team he was coaching out of the South Island championship final was "the final straw".

He was shoulder-tapped to take the Canterbury team and said it was "very disappointing" for the players, who had worked hard for five weeks, to be denied a chance to play in the final.

The NZRL upheld a decision by its southern zone general manager, Steve Martin, to kick Canterbury out of the championship after they defaulted a game against Southland in Invercargill.

He said Canterbury, who had already used 26 players in the tournament, simply did not have anyone else to fill the gaps for the Southland trip.

Endacott, whose father Frank was a former Warriors and Kiwis coach, said he had taken up coaching "just to put something back" in a sport he regards "as a great product".

He said he had enjoyed his time with Halswell and thought the Hornets were an excellent club but "the players probably need to hear a new voice after two years".

His team won the Pat Smith Memorial Trophy as premiership champions in 2011 and the Massetti Cup as minor premiership winners in 2011 and 2012 but lost this year's grand final to the Hornby Panthers.

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