• Hammett to leave Hurricanes

    Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett will not be seeking reappointment beyond the 2014 Super Rugby season.

    The former All Black informed the organisation of this before the tournament kicked off.

    Hammett said he and the Hurricanes had chosen to confirm his decision at this stage of the season to allow the club to proceed with succession planning.

    'This is a decision I have made after much discussion with my family. It has not been an easy decision, but we feel the time is right for me to step aside after this season,' he said.

    'For now, my sole focus is on the Hurricanes and continuing the job at hand. I'm really proud of the contribution I have made to this team and the players over the past three seasons, and I will continue to remain dedicated and focused on achieving what we've set out to do this year.'

    The Canes are currently eighth on the combined log after three wins and four defeats.

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