Coach Cooper joins the Blues



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Blues CEO Andy Dalton is pleased to announce Greg Cooper will be the new assistant coach of the Blues.

Joining Head Coach David Nucifora, Cooper has signed with the Blues franchise for the next two seasons.

‘We are very fortunate to have someone of Greg’s calibre join our mix. He is held in high regard in the rugby business and his coaching experience at this level will be invaluable,’ says Dalton.

David Nucifora believes Cooper is an excellent fit for the Blues.

‘He’s done a fantastic job during his time coaching Otago and the Highlanders. Greg has the ability to get the best out of players and maximise their potential,’ says Nucifora

‘Greg will not only be the assistant coach but also our attack coach and I’m confident he will build on the good work that Joe Schmidt has done already. A lot of our guys have loads of natural talent and athleticism, and will benefit hugely with the solid direction and experience Greg will offer.’

Cooper heads for Auckland with the blessing of Highlanders Chairman, Stuart McLauchlan who said this role is a great opportunity for Greg to demonstrate his skills in a bigger franchise ‘ a challenge Cooper is ready to take on.

‘I’m really excited about joining the Blues. After several great years coaching Otago and the Highlanders, I am ready to expand my coaching career and this is a fantastic opportunity to do so. I have a lot of respect for David Nucifora as a coach, and am looking forward to teaming up with him and the squad,’ says Cooper.

In 1986/87, Cooper played 23 games for Auckland and was a member of the Blues in the first year of Super 12 in 1996.

Cooper will move to Auckland in November to begin his new role.

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