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Waikato coach joins Wasps staff

Waikato coach Tony Hanks
Hanks is a former skills coach for the Junior All Blacks

Wasps have appointed New Zealander Tony Hanks as coach to work alongside director of rugby Ian McGeechan and head coach Shaun Edwards.

The 37-year-old Waikato coach will join the London club on 1 November and remain in High Wycombe until March.

Hanks was named the head coach of the Air New Zealand Cup team last December.

He is expected to lighten McGeechan's workload when he is on Lions duty and help Edwards, who will be away with Wales on a part-time basis.

Hanks succeeded Warren Gatland as Waikato head coach when the former Wasps supremo left to become Wales head coach.

He had previously worked closely alongside Gatland during a three-year stint as Waikato's assistant coach.


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