Mullins to apply for Otago role

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Mike Mullins has confirmed that he will be applying for the coaching position at Otago when Tony Brown vacates the role at the end of the season to move to the Highlanders.

Otago Rugby Football Union general manager Richard Kinley said there had been plenty of interest in the position since applications opened last week and expects more before the closing date on October 31.

Mullins, who won 16 caps for Ireland, has enjoyed success with North Otago after taking up the player-coach role in 2006 and reaching the Meads Cup semi-final before winning the competition as coach in 2007.

The former inside centre returned as player-coach in 2008 and lost out to Mid Canterbury in the Meads Cup semi-final before winning the Lochore Cup in 2009.

Mullins took up the coaching position again last season as the Old Golds narrowly lost out in the Meads Cup final against Mid Canterbury in Ashburton.

The ex-Munster player said he is looking forward to applying for the position.

“Working as full-time coach has always been an ambition, whether that was here in New Zealand or abroad,” he said.

“Opportunities to coach in a professional environment in New Zealand are few and far between these days, so yes, I would send in an application for the position.”

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: FILE – North Otago coach Mike Mullins.