Dumped All Black coach John Hart to coach Manu Samoa?
February 15, 2000

Bryan Williams' replacement expected to be announced by the end of the month.

Former All Black coach John Hart is being linked with the vacant Manu Samoan coaching job, vacated by Bryan Williams after the World Cup.Hart resigned after the All Blacks were sensationally eliminated by France in the semi finals at Twickenham.

The New Zealand Press Association has said that Hart and former Auckland coach Maurice Trapp are among contenders to coach Manu Samoa.The director of their rugby union, Michelle Boag, would not confirm who or how many coaches were in the running for the job.

Neither former Counties-Manukau coach Mac McCallion , who unsuccessfully sought the Fijian coaching job won by Australian Greg Smith, nor former Waikato coach John Boe are thought to be in the running for the Samoan position.Boe said his interests lay in trying to secure the New Zealand Colts coaching job , and for that he has put a proposal to the NZRFU.

There is also speculation that New Zealand's women's coach Darryl Suasua is among the contenders for the Samoan job but Boag was being non-committal, ' You can't put too much store in rumours, but we are hoping to do it ( appoint a coach) by the end of the month.But what I will say is that we are in a position to experiment at the moment because we are so far away from the next World Cup.'

Neither Hart nor Trapp, who is also understood to be in contention for the chairmanship of the Auckland Rugby Football Union, were available for comment.

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