Good­man likely main Mako man

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A re­place­ment for de­part­ing Tas­man Mako head coach Leon Mac­Don­ald could be con­firmed by the end of next week – and the union be­lieves they have a Good-man for the job.

This week Mac­Don­ald, a 56-test All Black and former Can­ter­bury, Marl­bor­ough Red Devil and Cru­sader util­ity back, an­nounced a move to join the Auck­land-based Blues Su­per Rugby fran­chise in 2019.

He was last in­volved in Su­per Rugby in 2017, as at­tack coach for the ti­tle-win­ning Cru­saders. Mac­Don­ald has signed on for three years as an as­sis­tant and at­tack coach un­der head coach Tana Umaga.

He will move north once he coaches Tas­man for the fi­nal time in this year’s Na­tional Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onship. TRU chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Lewis said while Mac­Don­ald had left with one year to run on his con­tract, the union had the coach­ing struc­ture in place to main­tain a long suc­ces­sion plan from within the re­gion

‘‘As I’ve said be­fore, our job is to grow our club play­ers and turn them into Mitre 10 Cup play­ers, Su­per Rugby play­ers and All Blacks – the same goes for our coaches.’’

He said as with Mac­Don­ald, Keane and inau­gu­ral coach Todd Black­ad­der, Lewis en­vis­aged the next head coach hav­ing close ties to the Tas­man re­gion.

The cur­rent Mako coach­ing set-up in­cluded An­drew Good­man, Shane Christie and former All Black Clarke Der­mody.

Lewis said from a con­ti­nu­ity point of view, Good­man had the in­side run­ning as Mac­Don­ald’s suc­ces­sor. A former Mako cap­tain with overseas play­ing stints in Ire­land and Ja­pan, Good­man had been the Mako skills coach dur­ing Mac­Don­ald’s reign and had coach­ing experience at club level with Nel­son, the Cru­saders Acad­emy, Tas­man Women and Nel­son Col­lege 1st XV.

‘‘It would be great if we can se­cure An­drew as a head coach, but we’ll go through the right process where our com­mit­tee will make rec­om­men­da­tions to the board. That could come as quickly as next week ... one way or an­other, by the end of May we’ll know what the 2019 head coach looks like – we’ll ei­ther have an appointment or go to the mar­ket.’’

An­drew Good­man

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