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Cotter eyes All Blacks post
ESPNscrum Staff
November 29, 2011
Clermont Auvergne coach Vern Cotter barks instructions, Wasps v Clermont Auvergne, Heineken Cup, Adams Park, December 15, 2007
Vern Cotter took Clermont to the Top 14 title in 2010 © Getty Images
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Clermont Auvergne coach Vern Cotter has expressed his interest in the vacant All Blacks coaching post.

Graham Henry's assistant Steve Hansen appears to be the favourite for the post - having served for eight years under the World Cup winning coach - but New Zealand-born Cotter has a good record at Clermont and has experience in Super Rugby. Cotter was Robbie Deans' assistant at the Crusaders in 2005-6 and has also spent time with the Bay of Plenty.

Having led Clermont to the Top 14 title in 2010, Cotter re-committed to the French giants a matter of months ago, but his contract is believed to have included a release clause if the All Blacks came knocking. And Cotter has confirmed his interest in the post to L' Equipe.

"Yes, I am a candidate for the job,'' Cotter said. "I am fully committed to the work I have with Clermont ... but I still have a passion for New Zealand rugby. I want to play a part.''

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