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<font color="#FF0000"><strong>Four Welsh coaches are being linked with the vacant position of coach of Canada.</strong></font><br />
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<em>Sean Holley of the Ospreys, Justin Burnell, of the Cardiff Premiership side, and Dragons’ duo Dai Rees and Leigh Jones are all on the shortlist to be the new boss of the Canucks.</em><br />
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Canada, who were in the same World Cup Pool B as Wales, sacked their coach Ric Suggitt at the end of the tournament.<br />
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Geraint John, the former Blues and Wales backs coach, is now Director of Rugby in Canada.<br />
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Wales on Sunday understands John was back in Wales at the beginning of the month and sounded out a number of candidates about the role.<br />
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He is understood to have had informal talks with all four about the vacancy.<br />
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John, who left the Blues for his new role in North America two years ago, is offering a four-year contract to include the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.<br />
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Holley, the assistant coach at the reigning Magners League champions, the Ospreys, is highly regarded in Welsh and English rugby circles. He has two years left on his contract at the Liberty Stadium.<br />
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Holley has always been seen as a future head coach at regional level and a future Wales skills coach.<br />
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Burnell, who is coach of the Blue and Blacks in the Welsh Premiership, is another candidate.<br />
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Jones and Rees are both part of Paul Turner’s backroom team at the Dragons. They both have a year left on their contracts at Rodney Parade and both are highly regarded by the WRU hierarchy.<br />
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Rees quit his role as Wales Sevens coach on Friday, claiming he wanted to concentrate on his career with the Dragons.<br />
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<blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> “It is with great sadness and regret that I have to step down from my national role but I have a duty to focus on my full-time coaching career,” said Rees.<br />
“I can look back on three successful seasons with the squad and I am confident the team is now heading in the right direction with the status it deserves in Welsh rugby.” </p></blockquote><br />
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Source: <a href="http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/rugbynation/rugby-in-wales/2007/12/23/canada-coach-job-lures-welsh-talent-91466-20281114/" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Western Mail (Wales)</strong></font></u></a>

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