Sloane takes over at Auckland
July 10, 2001

Peter Sloane was named Tuesday as coach of the Auckland Blues rugby union franchise for the next two seasons.

Sloane coached the Otago Highlanders to fifth in the 2001 Super 12 standings, the best performance by a New Zealand franchise in the Southern Hemisphere's premier provincial competition.

He is a former All Black and assistant coach of the New Zealand national team. Sloane guided the Highlanders into the Super 12 semifinals last season and helped take the Canterbury Crusaders to the title in 1998.

He replaces Frank Oliver, who didn't renew his contract with Auckland after guiding the squad on its worst ever Super 12 season. The Blues, who won back-to-back titles under current British and
Irish Lions coach Graham Henry in 1996-97, placed 11th in the 12-team competition. - Sapa-AP

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