Former All Black Kieran Crowley has resigned as Canada head coach only days after he agreed to extend his contract through to the next World Cup. Rugby Canada have announced that Crowley’s resignation was effective immediately and he will be coaching in Europe. Crowley has coached Canada since 2008 and has led them through two World Cups. (2011, 2015).

“We are disappointed to see Kieran leave, however we appreciate all he has given our programme over the past eight years and wish both him and his family the very best as he takes on a new challenge in Europe,” team manager Gareth Rees said.

The union said it had already started a global search for a new coach but, in the meantime, Francois Ratier – who led Canada to the final of the 2014 Women’s World Cup – would lead the men in the Americas Rugby Championship starting on February 6, with a home game against Uruguay.

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