11 Jul 2012

Jamie Joseph to remain with Highlanders

1:41 pm on 11 July 2012

Jamie Joseph has re-signed as the Highlanders Super rugby coach for a further two years.

The 42-year-old former All Black has been in the role for the past two years and his new contract with the New Zealand rugby union means he'll remain at the franchise until the end of the 2014 season.

Joseph says the side has made progress over the past couple of seasons but he has unfinished business at the franchise, wanting to take the Highlanders to a Super Rugby final.

He says he's enjoyed working with a group of committed and hard-working players and a supportive coaching and management team.

The Highlanders began this year promisingly with wins over the Chiefs, the Crusaders and the Hurricanes, who are all still in playoff contention.

However in the second half of the season the Highlanders have slipped off the pace and currently sit ninth overall, having won nine games and lost seven.

Their season is over as they have a bye this weekend.