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Evans gets Black Ferns top job

Leading Auckland women's rugby and schoolboys coach Brian Evans has been appointed as the coach of the Black Ferns along with former New Zealand Schools coach Grant Hansen who was named as Assistant Coach.

Evans was the coach of the Da La Salle College 1st XV who were the winners of the New Zealand Secondary Schools competition in 2008. A former coach of the Auckland Womens NPC team, he coached them to an unbeaten championship victory in 2007. Fourteen of the players from that Auckland team then went on to be selected as Black Ferns that year.

It is both an honour and a privilege to have this opportunity to work with the Black Ferns and this is an exciting and challenging time for me, said Evans.

Womens rugby in New Zealand is at a very high standard and the professionalism and commitment shown by the players I have worked with in the past is outstanding. I am really looking forward to working with the team this year.

Hansen was the Head Coach of the New Zealand Schools team in 2007 and 2008, and coached Auckland Grammar Schools 1st XV from 1998 to 2005. He is currently Auckland Grammars Director of Sport and the co-coach of the Ponsonby Rugby Clubs premier team.

Both Evans and Hansen have successfully completed the NZRU/Massey University Rugby Coaching Practicum.

The Black Ferns will embark on a three-match tour of England in November as part of their build-up to their defence of the IRB Womens Rugby World Cup in 2010.

Black Ferns tour to England match schedule

Saturday 14 November v England
Tuesday 17 November v England A
Saturday 21 November v England