Rugby: Former All Black named as Sunwolves head coach

New Sunwolves head coach Filo Tiatia. Photo / Getty
New Sunwolves head coach Filo Tiatia. Photo / Getty

Former All Black Filo Tiatia has been appointed coach of Japan's Sunwolves Super Rugby team for the next two seasons, replacing the franchise's inaugural coach Mark Hammett.

Hammett departed for an assistant's role at the Otago Highlanders after the Tokyo and Singapore-based team posted one win, one draw and 13 losses in their first season to finish bottom of the 18-team standings.

Former loose forward Tiatia, who won two New Zealand caps in 2000 and has coaching experience with the Ospreys in Wales and Japanese club Toyota Verblitz, was an assistant to Hammett in the Sunwolves debut season.

"I am honoured to take over what Mark Hammett, a great leader and head coach, built in our first season," the 45-year-old said in a statement.

"Next season is going to be a continuous process from the first season but also we have to face new challenges and improve some areas further.

"Sunwolves is a young franchise and needs to get over lots of challenges."

- AAP

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

SIGN UP NOW
Stats provided by

© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf05 at 27 Apr 2017 05:33:27 Processing Time: 330ms