Allan Bunting announced as Black Ferns Director of Rugby

Allan Bunting announced as Black Ferns Director of Rugby

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has announced former Black Ferns Sevens Coach and Black Ferns Manager of Culture and Leadership Allan Bunting will now take the helm as the Black Ferns Director of Rugby. 


Bunting, who succeeds Wayne Smith, is no stranger to success, with his credentials being world class. Having been involved with the Black Ferns Sevens set up for a decade, overseeing their achievements at every international tournament during that period, leading the Chiefs Manawa to an inaugural Sky Super Rugby Aupiki title in 2022, and most recently empowering the growth of the Black Ferns, to assist in achieving their Rugby World Cup victory. 

NZR CEO Mark Robinson said Bunting’s achievements both on and off the field were remarkable. 

“Allan has showed his calibre as a coach with the Black Ferns Sevens, in Super Rugby Aupiki with Chiefs Manawa, and most recently as Black Ferns Manager of Culture and Leadership. He has a proven track record on and off the field and the energy and inclusivity he brings to team environments is impressive. 

“We know he is excited to continue building the team and maintaining the momentum from last year. We’re pleased to confirm the Black Ferns will play seven Tests against quality opponents, including the Pacific Four Series and Laurie O’Reilly Cup. The details of these fixtures are in the final stages and will be announced in the coming weeks.“ 

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