Plumtree in temporary link-up with Japan
Former Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree has taken on a temporary role with Japan for their end-of-year Tests, writes CIAN TRACEY.
Plumtree has spent the last two years with the Hurricanes and helped the New Zealand outfit with the Super Rugby title last year.
The 52-year-old spent one successful season with Ireland when they won the 2014 Six Nations and he will link up with fellow Kiwi Jamie Joseph at Japan.
Japan, who are in the same World Cup pool as Ireland, will play a non-Test match against a World XV before three games in November. Plumtree will work as a defence coach but revealed that he fully intends to return to his role as the 'Canes assistant.
"I see my coaching future as being firmly with the Hurricanes but I jumped at the chance when Japan approached me about the prospect of coaching at international level," Plumtree said.
"It's a great opportunity to be exposed to a new culture and new ways of coaching.
"Japan has a strong coaching team with Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown, and working alongside them will only add to the knowledge and experience I can add to the Hurricanes going forward."