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Fisher in frame for 'Tahs coaching job

By Adrian Warren 15/04/2008 07:42:18 PM Comments (0)

NSW Rugby Union boss Jim L'Estrange has suggested Laurie Fisher could be considered for the Waratahs' coaching position after losing the Brumbies job to Andy Friend for next year.

Friend has been appointed Brumbies coach for the next three seasons, with Fisher's position within that organisation unclear.

He could return to his former job of forwards coach, but might also consider leaving the Brumbies for a head coaching position elsewhere.

"I'm not quite sure what Laurie is going to do, but we've certainly shut nobody out of the (NSW coaching) process whatsoever," L'Estrange said.

"Laurie is a quality coach, I'm not quite sure what he's up to. I heard he may possibly stay with the Brumbies.

"If he does, good on them. If it ever comes to the occasion he gives me a call, I'd be very happy to talk to him."

L'Estrange was non committal about whether Friend, who is currently coaching English club Harlequins, had also been on the list for the Waratahs position.

"Our list is now looking pretty good irrespective of whether Andy was on it or not," L'Estrange said.

"You know the coaches you go in with are also potentially applying for other roles, you know that everyone is pretty transparent these days."

L'Estrange said the door was still also open to Waratahs attack coach Todd Louden, the early favourite to replace outgoing NSW head coach Ewen McKenzie, who is yet to lodge an application.

Regarding the Waratahs' playing list, L'Estrange expected to get a decision from Wallabies flanker Rocky Elsom in the next two to three weeks.

He said NSW were looking to keep hold of boom youngster Rob Horn, who has made a big impact in his rookie season and still has one more year left on his contract.

"He's a very important player, he plays a variety of positions, so we'll be looking to hang on to Rob, he's a great talent," L'Estrange said.

"We'd certainly be keen to talk if Robbie wants to, but it's up to Robbie."

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