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Hurricanes Coach Chris Boyd Signs On For Two More Years

PALMERSTON NORTH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 18: Coach Chris Boyd of the Hurricanes looks on during the round four Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Force on March 18, 2016 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has signed on for another two more years at the Wellington-based franchise.

The 58 year-old’s decision to extend his stay at the ‘Canes caps off a memorable week for the team after their 20-3 triumph over the Lions on Friday gave them a first ever Super 18 title.

The triumph erases last year’s 14-21 home loss to the Highlanders and finally saw the franchise ditch its ‘nearly men’ tag. In wet conditions, a virtuoso display from Beauden Barrett allied with a solid defensive performance helped them beat a gutsy Lions side.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 06:  Danes Coles (L) and Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes celebrate winning the 2016 Super Rugby Final match between the Hurricanes and the Lions at Westpac Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Simon Watts/Getty Images)

A clearly relieved Boyd has this to say, ‘

“I couldn’t have faced another loss at home. It took me, personally, months to get over losing last year’s final”.

What makes his achievement all the more impressive is that he achieved it without stars such as Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, and All Blacks Lock Jeremy Thrush.

His excellent work has not gone unnoticed with NZ rugby critics touting him as a possible candidate to replace Steve Hansen when he steps down after the 2019 World Cup.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 23:  Coach Chris Boyd of the Hurricanes looks on during the Super Rugby Quarterfinal match between the Hurricanes and the Sharks at Westpac Stadium on July 23, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

His team ran in 72 tries, the third top try scorers behind the Chiefs with 76, and the Lions with 81. Beauden Barrett finished as the tournament’s top points scorers, bagging 223 points, ahead of the Chiefs’ Damian Mackenzie and the Lions’ Elton Jantijies.

But the modest former Sharks assistant coach refused to take the plaudits, instead choosing to praise his team:

“This side developed a great character and a great attitude amongst themselves. We’ve had good self belief and good self trust and it’s carried us a long way.”

With Boyd at the helm and so much quality talent, you wouldn’t bet against the ‘Canes repeating their success next year.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.