All Blacks Forwards Coach Mike Cron, has announced that this year will be his last with the team.
Cron, 64, has been involved with the All Blacks since 2004 and involved in multiple campaigns during that time, including back to back Rugby World Cups triumphs in 2011 and 2015 and successful Bledisloe Cup, Rugby Championship and Grand Slam campaigns.
“I’ve been incredibly lucky and had a wonderful career coaching at international level and I’m really looking forward to this last year with the team,” Cron said.
“It will be my fifth Rugby World Cup this year (four with the All Blacks and one with Wales) so is the right time to step down from the international game.”
Cron said after coaching for 37 years, he wouldn’t be quitting for good, but would now focus on mentoring younger coaches and up and coming players.
“That’s my other passion. As well as coaching younger players and helping them hopefully reach their potential, I’m also keen to help out the young coaches of the future, so looking forward to doing that.”
New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew says it’s great Cron hasn’t been lost to New Zealand completely.