New job for Hammett

Date published: August 28 2015

Former Cardiff Blues director of rugby Mark Hammett is back in rugby after being named Tasman Makos' assistant coach for the next two seasons.

Hammett will work under head coach and former All Black Leon MacDonald.

Hammett, who used to coach Canterbury and the Crusaders before moving to the Hurricanes and most recently Cardiff Blues, played 29 times for his country.

"Having played with Leon I know we share a similar philosophy on the game," Hammett told the Makos' official website when speaking about his upcoming new role.

"I've been itching for an opportunity to work hands on with the players on the grass, rather than as a head coach. This is a great opportunity and I'm looking forward to getting to work as rugby never stands still."

MacDonald added: "Hammer is an old team mate who has massive respect and mana amongst his peers. He's a straight shooter and competitive, with a huge work ethic and attention to detail. He fits the Makos ethos perfectly and I'm excited about bringing his experience and energy to help grow this team."