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National coach joins Otago Highlanders

The coach of the national Divisional team for the past three years, Glenn Moore, has been appointed defence coach for the Highlanders in the Rebel Sport Super 14 next year and an assistant coach of Otago in the new Air New Zealand Cup.


The appointment was announced today by the chief executive of the Otago Rugby Union and of the Highlanders, Russell Gray.


He said it was extremely gratifying that a coach of Moore’s proven record would be joining the coaching staff of the two teams. ‘It’s even better that he’s also from within the Highlanders region and this is an indication that our strategy of developing and nurturing players and coaches within the region is working,’ he said.


Moore, who lives in Oamaru, was responsible for North Otago’s rapid rise to the top of the second division. He had coached them for five years from 2000 and in each of the last three years, they were second division semifinalists.


Moore said he was delighted to be joining the Highlanders and Otago. ‘They’re both among the top teams in the country and are on an upward spiral. Joining them will be an exciting challenge and I’m looking forward to contributing to their continued success,’ he said.


Moore, 45, played as a loose forward for Mid Canterbury and between 1991 and 1994 was captain of Zingari-Richmond in Dunedin and he then coached the Zingari-Richmond premiers for another three years.


Moore replaces John Haggart, who moved to Canterbury.