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Blues sign North Harbour coach Jackson

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/09/2016

North Harbour coach Steve Jackson will work under Tana Umaga as an assistant coach at the Blues next season.

Jackson will be the Blues forward coach, with fellow assistant Alastair Rogers to oversee defence and Umaga in charge of the team's attack.

Jackson effectively replaces former forwards coach Glenn Moore, who wasn't reappointed after two years in the role.

He will take up the role when North Harbour's NPC campaign finishes, ending his second season in charge. North Harbour were fifth in the second-tier Championship division last year and hold the same spot midway through this season.

Blues high performance manager Tony Hanks says Jackson emerged with the best credentials from a group of "high calibre" candidates.

"He has an excellent pedigree both as a player and a coach and he has been heavily involved in the Blues over the past three seasons," Hanks said.

Former New Zealand Maori representative Jackson has held assistant coaching roles in the NPC with Tasman and Counties Manukau, the latter under Umaga.

He is unbeaten as coach of the Blues Development side since 2014.

The Blues will complete their coaching staff next week when they announce a skills coach to replace the departed Blair Feeney.

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