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Last Updated: Friday, 30 September 2005, 08:16 GMT 09:16 UK
Blackadder to leave in the summer
Todd Blackadder
Todd Blackadder has been with Edinburgh since 2001
Todd Blackadder has made it clear he has no plans to take on the job of Edinburgh Gunners' head coach on a permanent basis.

On Thursday, the former All Blacks forward received a work permit allowing him to become interim head coach.

But the 34-year-old will return to New Zealand at the end of the season, though his departure date is flexible.

"What will really dictate it is whether they bring someone in from outside to Edinburgh," he told The Herald.

"There is a bit of a cross-over with the start of the New Zealand season.

"It can work either way, they might want me to stay and help with the transition or go and let them get on with things.

"I will make it easy whatever is wanted."

Blackadder, who takes charge after Frank Hadden became national coach, said on Thursday: "I'm really looking forward to taking Edinburgh Gunners on from here.

"We have great staff and excellent players and I am excited by the challenges ahead," he told the Scottish Rugby Union website.

The 34-year-old captained New Zealand 10 times before joining Edinburgh as a player in 2001.

Blackadder has doubled up as captain and, since November, forwards' coach.

Blackadder has been out injured with a shoulder injury but hinted that the coaching appointment could bring an end to his playing career.

"Even if the shoulder was fine, I don't think it is the right time to be playing and coaching at the same time," he said.

SRU chief executive Gordon McKie said: "We are pleased to confirm Todd's interim appointment so soon after Frank Hadden taking up the national coaching role.

"Todd's wide rugby experience and first-hand knowledge of the Gunners' set-up will allow a seamless handover to take place and thus enable him to build upon Frank's legacy and take the team forward from here."

Blackadder will head up a coaching team that includes Carl Hogg, Phil Smith, Ken MacEwen, Chris Paterson (captain), Scott Murray (vice-captain) and Dave Hewett "until further notice".

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