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Jack to re-ignite All Blacks career
April 25, 2009
Chris Jack of Saracens runs with the ball during the Guinness Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at Twickenham  in London, England on September 6, 2008.
Chris Jack will return to NewZealand to link up with the Crusaders © Getty Images
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  • Chris Jack has given a further boost to New Zealand rugby following the return of Luke McAlister earlier this week as it's been revealed that the Saracens lock Chris Jack will now also return home.

    Veteran All Blacks lock Jack, 30, has signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union until 2011.

    Jack, who left New Zealand rugby after the 20007 World Cup campaign to link with English club Saracens, has given himself a chance to be involved in the next four-yearly tournament in New Zealand.

    The 67-test veteran will rejoin the Crusaders from next year and is likely to be aligned with the Tasman union before then, although that is yet to be confirmed and he will not contest this year's NPC tournament.

    New Zealand Rugby Union general manager professional rugby Neil Sorensen told The Press the signing was an excellent outcome for New Zealand rugby.

    "We're rapt to have a player like Chris back with all his experience. It's great for our depth, he's eager and highly motivated," Sorenson said.

    McAlister returns to New Zealand in June after ending his stint with Sale and is likely to link with the All Blacks in either the June tests against France and Italy -- if injuries strike key players -- or in the subsequent Tri-Nations.

  • The Scottish Rugby Union will interview up to eight candidates for the Scotland head coach job.

    SRU chief executive Gordon McKie has revealed there were more than 30 applications from around the world for the role left vacant when Frank Hadden stood down earlier this month.

    The only two confirmed candidates are former England boss Andy Robinson - the bookies' favourite - and Scotland forwards coach Mike Brewer.

    The SRU yesterday announced the five-man interview panel and McKie confirmed between six and eight applicants "had the potential to go forward to the next stage".

    As well as McKie and SRU chairman Alan Munro, the interview panel includes three former Scotland captains and British and Irish Lions: Andy Irvine, Andy Nicol and Gordon Bulloch.

    Nicol was also captain of the Bath side coached by Robinson which won the 1998 Heineken Cup.

    McKie told BBC's Rugby Sportsound: "We were keen to get a strong rugby bias on to the panel. We don't want the 'suits' to make the appointment. We want the people who know rugby to assist us.

    "It's a critically important appointment. We've got to get this right. The process will be very thorough. We will also be taking soundings from other people in the game - not yet named - and we are also delighted to secure the assistance of the Scottish Institute of Sport.

    "We've got a very good list of home and overseas candidates and, contrary to rumour, some of them are of a very high pedigree and we're delighted with the response."

  • The top two sides in Asian rugby, Japan and Korea, eased through their opening matches in the Asian Five Nations Top 5. In the day's first match, Korea taught newcomer Singapore a harsh less on their way to a 65-0 victory in Seoul. In the day's second match, Japan overpowered Kazakhstan 87-10 in Osaka.

  • Kenya ensured the second day of the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2009 ended in thrilling fashion as the hosts scored three tries in the last quarter to stun USA 33-32 before a packed RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi.

    Elsewhere in Pool A, Namibia ran in 17 tries in a 104-7 victory over the Cayman Islands while Romania top Pool B on point differential from 2008 runners up Chile after both picked up their second victories of the tournament against Korea 65-14 and Papua New Guinea 50-22 respectively, although neither had it all their own way.


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