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Hamment to join Tasman coaching team

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Lynn McConnell     28 Aug 2015     Getty Images

With Kieran Keane moving into an Investec Super Rugby coaching role with the Chiefs, MacDonald, his co-coach for the last few seasons, will become head coach with Hammett taking the assistant's role.

Hammett began his coaching with Canterbury in 2006 before moving to an assistant's role with the Crusaders from 2007-10.

In 2011 he took over the head coach role at the Hurricanes ending his time with the side in 2014. He moved to Wales to coach the Cardiff Blues.

Hammett, who played 29 times for the All Blacks, 81 times for the Crusaders and 76 times for Canterbury, said: "Having played with Leon I know we share a similar philosophy on the game.

"I've been itching for an opportunity to work hands on with the players on the grass, rather than as a head coach. This is a great opportunity and I'm looking forward to getting to work as rugby never stands still."

MacDonald said: "Hammer is an old team mate who has massive respect and mana amongst his peers. He's a straight shooter and competitive, with a huge work ethic and attention to detail.

"He fits the Makos ethos perfectly and I'm excited about bringing his experience and energy to help grow this team."

Tasman chief executive Tony Lewis said MacDonald had been involved in the process of filling the position.

"It was quickly decided that Mark was the right man for the job.

"We're delighted to have him on board and believe his coaching partnership with Leon will be a fine combination. We are confident that the new coaching group will be successful in growing the legacy established over the last three years," he said.