New Zealand Super 12 : John Mitchell to coach Waikato Chiefs
October 3, 2000

The former England assistant coach has been appointed in succession to Ross Cooper, who resigned to take up a post with the NZRFU.

Mitchell's appointment was widely anticipated , although in last week's interviews he was up against some stiff opposition, notably ex Waikato and current Manu Samoa coach John Boe.

Mitchell returned to New Zealand earlier in the year after a spell in England . He attracted attention for his work with the Sale club in Manchester, before joining Clive Woodward as assistant coach to the England side. He joins a Waikato franchise which has the unenviable record of being New Zealand's least successful in Super 12 competition.They have finished 6th, 11th, 7th, 6th and 10th in each of the competition's five seasons.There is clearly a big job for Mitchell to get stuck into, but as a former Waikato NPC no8 and captain he might be the man to inspire the Chiefs to better things in 2001.

Mitchell has said today that he has a number of individuals in mind as assistant coach and that he was hopeful that an appointment could be made before the end of the week.

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