Former All Black leaving France to care for ill daughter

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NZN,
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Rugby,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 3:23PM
Former All Black Greg Cooper is returning home from France to care for his ill daughter. (Photo \ Getty Images)
Former All Black Greg Cooper is returning home from France to care for his ill daughter. (Photo \ Getty Images)

Former All Black Greg Cooper is leaving his post of head coach at French club Stade Francais to be with his sick daughter.

The Paris club issued a statement confirming Cooper will finish following a Top 14 game against Pau on January 27.

It comes midway through his first season of a two-year head coaching contract after succeeding former Argentina international Gonzalo Queseda.

The youngest of Cooper's three children is scheduled to undergo an operation on a long-standing health condition.

Club president Hubert Patricot said Cooper left with his blessing.

"His integrity, his human and sports qualities were appreciated by all. We wish him the best for the future, both professionally and personally," he said.

A coaching reshuffle at Stade Francais will result in former Otago first five- eighth John Haggart take up the defensive duties.

Cooper is a former Highlanders head coach who also had a lengthy coaching tenure in Japan.

The last of his seven Tests at fullback was in 1992.

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