Eighteen days after Mark Hammett was named assistant coach of the Highlanders from 2017, the Sunwolves finally confirmed they would be losing their head coach.

The Japanese Super Rugby franchise said Monday that the 43-year-old Hammett, who was named the inaugural coach of the Sunwolves in December 2015 only two months before the club’s debut match, will return to New Zealand at the end of the season. The Sunwolves also said they have not yet decided on a replacement.

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