Thursday 14 December 2017

Blow for Connacht as two ex-All Blacks rule themselves out of head coaching role

Tony Brown (left) and Jono Gibbes (right)
Tony Brown (left) and Jono Gibbes (right)

Connacht's search for a successor to Pat Lam will continue without two of the fancied contenders following confirmation that former All Blacks Tony Brown and Jono Gibbes are not in the running to take over at the Sportsground.

Former New Zealand out-half Tony Brown, who is currently the head coach of The Highlanders in Super Rugby, emerged as a favourite over the weekend but he has since dismissed the move.

"That's the first I've heard about it. I am contracted to Japan until after the World Cup in 2019," said 41-year-old Brown, who is set to link up with new Japan coach Jamie Joseph.

An indirect approach was made to Gibbes to check out his level of interest but the former Leinster forwards coach made it clear he would not be in the running.

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