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Former All Black Tiatia linked to Sunwolves job

AFP logoAFP 9/09/2016

Filo Tiatia in All Blacks colours in 2000. © Phil Walter/Getty Images Filo Tiatia in All Blacks colours in 2000. Former All Black Filo Tiatia is set to take over from countryman Mark Hammett as head coach of Japan's Sunwolves Super Rugby side, local media reported Friday.

The 45-year-old served as assistant to Hammett in the franchise's inaugural season.

An announcement on the next head coach of the Japanese Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves is expected by the end of the month. © AFP Photo An announcement on the next head coach of the Japanese Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves is expected by the end of the month. Japanese Super Rugby officials told AFP they could not confirm Tiatia's appointment but hoped to make a formal announcement by the end of September.

Englishman Ben Ryan, who led Fiji to gold at the Rio Olympics last month, has also been linked to the Sunwolves job.

Hammett, who endured a troubled first season with the Sunwolves, will return to New Zealand at the end of the season to take up a role as assistant coach of the Otago Highlanders.

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