Tony Brown has revealed he has rejected overtures from both Ian Foster and Scott Robertson to be part of their coaching teams if they succeed in replacing Steve Hansen as All Blacks coach.
Instead, Brown will be part of Jamie Joseph’s team if the current coach of Japan applies for the All Blacks job.
And Brown told Sky’s Breakdown rugby show if Joseph stayed on with the Japan national team, he would stay on with him as an assistant coach.
However, he drew that line at Australia.”If Jamie goes to Aussie, I’m not in.”
Brown said he had made his decision within the past week.
“It just didn’t feel right to be floating between three coaching teams,” he told Breakdown.
He also said Joseph is back in New Zealand on Wednesday and he’ll catch up with him then.
He was not 100 per cent certain Joseph would apply for the All Blacks job.
Brown’s work as the Brave Blossoms’ attack coach has enhanced his reputation and it was reported last week that both Foster and Robertson were keen to incorporate him into their coaching teams as they seek to become New Zealand head coach, with an appointment expected in the next year.
Brown will be back in Super Rugby next year, running the Highlanders’ game plans and strategy, but he is obviously keen to get involved at All Blacks level.
“I still want to coach the All Blacks, whether that’s now or in four years,” he told Breakdown.
Brown was the architect of the stunning attack that Japan unleashed on Ireland to cause one of the major upsets of the World Cup, with the 19-12 win in a pool game.
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