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Hurricanes coach unfazed at Plumtree talk

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/04/2016

Coach Chris Boyd of the Hurricanes looks on during the round four Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Force on March 18, 2016 in Palmerston North, New Zealand © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Coach Chris Boyd of the Hurricanes looks on during the round four Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Force on March 18, 2016 in Palmerston North, New Zealand Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd appears to have few worries about losing assistant coach John Plumtree to the Highlanders.

Boyd brushed off reports that the southern Super Rugby franchise has approached Plumtree to take over once incumbent Jamie Joseph leaves for Japan at the end of the season.

"I'm aware of the speculation that's surfaced in the media, and I'm aware of the Highlanders' desire to chase John to go down south," Boyd said on Monday.

"But his family's settled here and he's a big family man, so I'd say his strong preference would be to stay in Wellington."

Plumtree coached Wellington for five years until 2006, then moved to the Sharks in South Africa until 2012.

He also spent time as forwards coach with the Ireland national team, assisting another Kiwi in Joe Schmidt.

Boyd said Plumtree was an invaluable part of a Hurricanes coaching team which complemented each other well.

"It's nice for me to be able to bounce off him - he's got vast head coaching experience as well," Boyd said.

"These random offers come out of left field - it's a business decision, I suppose, for him but I know his heart's here and he'll want to stay."

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