North Harbour's coach Steve Jackson appointed to Blues assistant role

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North Harbour's head coach Steve Jackson has been appointed as assistant coach for the Blues in next year's Super Rugby Championship.

Jackson will join Alastair Rogers and head coach Tana Umaga at the Blues, taking up the role at the end of the Mitre 10 Cup next month.

Steve Jackson coach of North Harbour looks on prior to the Mitre 10 Competition match between Otago and North Harbour at Forsyth Barr Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Credit: Joe Allison / www.Photosport.nz

Steve Jackson coach of North Harbour looks on prior to the Mitre 10 Competition match between Otago and North Harbour at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

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"Steve will fill the position of forwards coach and joins Alastair who is responsible for our defensive patterns and I will focus on our attack," said Umaga.

Jackson is unbeaten as coach of the Blues Development since 2014 and was head coach of the Blues 10s team that won the inaugural World Club Tens in Singapore.

"To coach in Super Rugby is what I have been working towards. Clearly I have a real stake in rugby in the Blues region and this is where I want to coach as a first option," said Jackson.

"I've worked closely inside the Blues organisation for over two years and think I have a clear understanding of the direction the club is moving and the tremendous work that has been done to make change in the organisation as a whole.

"I've enjoyed my time at North Harbour where I believe we are making real strides forward and at the same time I am excited and looking forward to the challenges at the Blues."

Jackson was a former New Zealand schools and New Zealand Maori representative originally from Auckland.

He played for Tasman, Auckland, North Harbour and Southland where he captained the side before moving into coaching with success at club level in North Harbour and Nelson, becoming assistant coach at Tasman, assistant at Counties Manukau and last year becoming coach of North Harbour in the national provincial competition.

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