Highlanders appoint former All Black as coach
Former All Blacks flanker Jamie Joseph has been confirmed as the new coach of Super rugby franchise the Otago Highlanders, the New Zealand Rugby Union said.
Joseph, an Otago provincial stalwart in the 1990s, had been expected to be named as the coach of the team for next year’s Super 15 after the NZRU said earlier the position would be advertised, effectively ending incumbent Glenn Moore’s tenure.
“The Highlanders are an exciting team with a great mix of experience and plenty of new potential,” Joseph said. “This is a great opportunity for me and one I am looking forward to.”
The 40-year-old Joseph will continue coaching Wellington in New Zealand’s domestic provincial championship until the end of August when he begins his Highlanders role, the NZRU said.
New Zealand’s provincial championship began on Thursday.
Joseph also coached New Zealand Maori during their successful centenary series in June, when they recorded victories over the New Zealand Barbarians, Ireland and England.
He played 20 Test matches for the All Blacks from 1992-1995 and 10 matches for New Zealand Maori.