Super Rugby: John Hart appointed to Blues board by NZ Rugby

Hart coached the All Blacks from 1996 to 1999.
Hart coached the All Blacks from 1996 to 1999. Photo credit: Getty

Former All Blacks coach John Hart has been appointed to a spot on the Blues board.

After buying back a 40 per cent interest in the Super Rugby side, New Zealand Rugby has chosen the 72-year-old to act in their interests as they look to revive the fledgling franchise.

He'll be joined by current NZR committee member Richard Dellabarca and a former government minister and cabinet member, Sam Lotu-liga.

Hart coached the All Blacks from 1996 to 1999 and also spent a stint at the helm of the Auckland provincial side from 1982 to 1985.

"We are pleased that John, Richard and Sam are available to represent New Zealand Rugby's partnership interest in the Blues Super Rugby club," said NZR CEO Steve Tew.

"Their collective skills will extend the existing depth of experience of the Blues Board and in combination with other recent changes to the coaching team and re-signing and recruitment of key players, this is one of many steps to help rebuild the success of the club."