Rugby: Todd Blackadder wants All Blacks job

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Scotland’s hunt for a new rugby coach led across the channel today after Todd Blackadder ruled himself out saying he really wanted to take charge of the All Blacks one day.

“What they (Scotland) really need is a really good experienced coach, someone who has been around the traps and can give them that self-belief that they need,” said the 41-year-old kiwi who once captained Edinburgh and is now in charge at Canterbury Crusaders.

“You’ve got to do your time. I’m really ambitious but I’m happy with the job that I’ve got and want to do well here.”

He told Radio Live, NZ: “I’ll do Super Rugby for as long as I can, to be successful of course, and then one day go on to coach the All Blacks.”

With Blackadder no confirming himself as unavailable, speculation centres on another kiwi, 51-year-old Vern Cotter of Clermont Auvergne, who, according to reports, has been approached.

However, a source close to Clermont, who play Toulon in the Heineken Cup Final on Saturday week, told the Evening News: “Every international job that comes up sees Vern linked.

“(But) He is under contract.”

It was only last month that Cotter dismissed conjecture he’d succeed Declan Kidney at Ireland saying he wanted to 
remain in France.

And the former Auckland player and Bay of Plenty coach was said to be in the frame for the England job before they settled on current lead man Stuart Lancaster.