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Beauden Barrett reckons John Plumtree could have what it takes to coach the All Blacks after the current Hurricanes head coach admitted he may put himself forward to replace current boss Steve Hansen.
Hansen has already stated he will step down as New Zealand boss following the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year with a long list of successors already queuing up for the biggest job in world rugby.
The likes of currents All Blacks assistant Ian Foster, Crusaders boss Scott Robertson and outgoing Wales boss Warren Gatland have all been mooted as potential replacements. But Barrett reckons his current Hurricanes boss could be the man.
“He certainly has the potential,” Barrett told Newshub.
“He’s a great coach from the number of years I’ve had with him so I certainly wouldn’t write him out.”
On Hansen’s departure, Barrett says it’s “sad to see him go.”
“It’s sad to see him go, but his legacy that he’s going to leave behind is something he’ll be very proud of,” added Barrett.
“His record speaks for itself. What he’s given to us players, what’s he done for us. He’s got the best out of us so we can only thank him for that.
“He’s certainly not done yet, we’ve got another season. He’s still young too, so you never know where he’s going to end up.”