Planet Rugby

Hammett proud achievements at 'Canes

16th July 2014 15:03

Share:

mark hammett hurricanes

Mark Hammett: Hopes the HUrricanes do well next season

New Cardiff Blues coach Mark Hammett admits he is "really proud" of what he achieved at the Hurricanes and the platform he has left for Chris Boyd.

Hammett, who took over at Westpac Stadium in 2011, enjoyed four seasons at the Super Rugby franchise but first had to make several tough decisions.

"When I came here it was a real mess," Hammett told sportal.co.nz.

"I was disappointed actually, when I came here to see the work that had to be done."

The 42-year-old subsequently confirmed the departures of Ma'a Nonu and Andrew Hore while Piri Weepu and Aaron Cruden also moved on to pastures new.

"People ask me all the time if I have regrets around the first year and how it was handled," he added.

"I regret the state it was in and that there was a lack of leadership. There were some character flaws and there were professional standards that were nowhere near (where they should have been)."

"(I regret) that I had to be the person to come in and unfortunately make the really tough decisions around what I felt needed to take the place forward - around professional standards, around leadership, around character, around hard work.

"Now I'm really proud that (Boyd) has got a base, a foundation of really good people who are hard-working on and off the field and with some really good character.

"I'm really hoping that the Hurricanes will be successful moving forward."

A sign of his success at the 'Canes was highlighted by captain Conrad Smith's assessment of Hammett's departure to the RaboDirect PRO12 region.

"It is not often a head coach leaves and none of the players actually want him to leave. We all love him and love what he's done for the club. He will be sorely missed," Smith said.

"We get judged on our performances and rightly so. But I think a lot has to be right in the back room for those performances to happen. We've got a bit of that sorted. Now it's up to the players to cap off the performances.

"I always look back and think man it would have been nice if I'd been man enough to stand up.

"But at the same time you appreciate that I was still just happy doing my thing within the Hurricanes environment and then playing All Blacks. I was happy with how rugby was for me."

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 26
Waratahs vs Brumbies19:40
Crusaders vs Sharks19:35
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 19
Brumbies 32 - 30 ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Report
Sharks 31 - 27 HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 12
Crusaders 34 - 8 HighlandersCrusaders vs Highlanders Report
Reds 3 - 34 WaratahsReds vs Waratahs Report
Lions 60 - 25 CheetahsLions vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 10 - 34 SharksStormers vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 11
Blues 8 - 11 ChiefsBlues vs Chiefs Report
Brumbies 47 - 25 Western ForceBrumbies vs Western Force Report
Bulls 40 - 7 Melbourne RebelsBulls vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Sunday , July 6
Waratahs 44 - 16 HighlandersWaratahs vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 5
Crusaders 21 - 13 BluesCrusaders vs Blues Report
Western Force 30 - 20 RedsWestern Force vs Reds Report
Stormers 16 - 0 BullsStormers vs Bulls Report
Cheetahs 27 - 20 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 4
Chiefs 24 - 16 HurricanesChiefs vs Hurricanes Report
Lions 34 - 17 Melbourne RebelsLions vs Melbourne Rebels Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 28
South Africa 55 - 6 ScotlandSouth Africa vs Scotland Report
More International Match results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 16 - 9 CrusadersHurricanes vs Crusaders Report
Waratahs 39 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Western Force 14 - 40 BluesWestern Force vs Blues Report
Friday , June 27
Highlanders 29 - 25 ChiefsHighlanders vs Chiefs Report
Melbourne Rebels 20 - 36 RedsMelbourne Rebels vs Reds Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 21
Australia 39 - 13 FranceAustralia vs France Report
South Africa 31 - 30 WalesSouth Africa vs Wales Report
New Zealand 36 - 13 EnglandNew Zealand vs England Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00