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Ex All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry will return to coaching after being named as Auckland’s assistant coach for the Mitre 10 Cup season.
Manawatu have captured the signature of another local star returning to the province with the acquisition of Rob Thompson from Canterbury.
Southland have appointed former All Blacks front-row Dave Hewett as their new head coach for next year’s Mitre 10 Cup competition.
With the year drawing to a close we thought it worth looking ahead to 2018 and 10 players to watch out for in both the club and Test game.
Sam Whitelock was the big winner at the New Zealand Rugby Awards as the lock was named the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year.
Auckland Rugby Union have announced that ex Samoa coach Alama Ieremia will guide their Mitre 10 Cup fortunes for the next three years.
World Rugby announced that a simplified rule book will be introduced from early next year in which the game’s laws will become clearer.