Super Rugby

Plumtree recommits to Hurricanes amid Highlanders interest

Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree has committed to the Super Rugby club until the end of 2018 after turning down an approach from Highlanders.

Plumtree was linked to the Highlanders job, which will be vacated by Jamie Joseph when he takes the helm of Japan at the end of the season.

But the 50-year-old Plumtree has instead opted to remain with Hurricanes under head coach Chris Boyd.

"There has been some speculation about my coaching future over the past week, but my family consider Wellington to be our home and the Hurricanes are a team that is close to my heart," he said.

"We have a great group of players and coaches at the Hurricanes and I'm glad to have the opportunity to continue working with them over the coming seasons."

Plumtree held coaching roles with Swansea, Wellington and Sharks before joining Hurricanes in 2015.

Hurricanes chairman Brian Roche was delighted Plumtree decided to stay.

"I think last season's results spoke volumes for how effective they are together," he said.

"We were thrilled when John decided to return home from Ireland with his family to join the Hurricanes in 2015 and we are just as thrilled that he will stay with us for another two years.

"We see him as an integral part of the Hurricanes future and a key part of our succession planning."

Hurricanes are fourth in the Australasian Group in Super Rugby, having won five of their opening seven games.