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Is Cooper keen to take Maori All Blacks reigns?

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James Mortimer     25 May 2013     Getty Images

Always a powerful side, with the Maori All Blacks given a tremendous wrap by American new's outlets, there will be more than a smile or two by former Hurricanes coach, current Taranaki coach and former Maori All Black Colin Cooper expressing interest in the post via Fairfax Media.

Cooper, who guided the Hurricanes to numerous Investec Super Rugby Finals Series, has tasted Ranfurly Shield success with Taranaki, and said that perhaps a tour to the Americas as coach, ideally after ITM Cup demands have been completed, did appeal.

"It's (the potential of the Maori All Blacks post) fitting for where I am at the moment," he said to Fairfax.

"With the Hurricanes and the Junior All Blacks, it didn't fit with me but it does now and if it doesn't clash with Taranaki, then I'm interested. Playing for them, being Maori, the history of the side, it's all part of the appeal."

A big part of the appeal for Cooper was dealing with what was essentially international class players and rugby.

"I haven't given as much as I want to our culture, so there is a bit of that (giving back via the Maori All Blacks post)" he said.

"Being a high performance coach, it would be an opportunity to deal with high quality players."

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew paid homage to Joseph who coached the Maori All Blacks during the Centenary celebrations in 2010.

The side will play Canada in Toronto and the United States in Philadelphia in November as announced by New Zealand Rugby earlier this week.