Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd signs deal with Northampton Saints

Chris Boyd is leaving at the end of the Super Rugby season.
Chris Boyd is leaving at the end of the Super Rugby season. Photo credit: Getty Images

Highly-rated New Zealand rugby coach Chris Boyd is leaving the Hurricanes after this year's Super Rugby season.

The 59-year-old has signed a three-year deal as Director of Rugby at the Northampton Saints and will start his new role in August.

Boyd led the Hurricanes to their first-ever title in 2016 following stints with the Wellington Lions and New Zealand under-20s.

"Northampton Saints is a club I have admired all of my coaching career," he told the club website.

"I visited Franklin's Gardens for a week in 2004 when Wayne Smith was head coach, and remember the passion of the Saints supporters and the strong culture at the club.

"The club's ambitions match my own - I am confident I can help the Saints become one of the biggest and best teams in Europe."

He also boasts a 43-11 record since joining the Wellington-based club three seasons ago, as well as two trips to the final.

Hurricanes Chief Executive Avan Lee said Boyd's successor would be announced in due course.

"I think the main thing right now is that with Boydy's plans for 2019 confirmed everybody's collective focus will be solely on 2018 and giving the Hurricanes the best possible chance at another title," he said.