Highlanders sign rising star as assistant coach



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A man regarded as the rising star among rugby coaches, Peter Russell of Hawke’s Bay, was named today as assistant to Highlanders coach Glenn Moore for next year’s Super 14.

The position was confirmed after a recommendation from an appointments panel comprising representatives from the Highlanders and from the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Highlanders chief executive Richard Reid and coach Glenn Moore both welcomed the appointment, saying it was a coup for the franchise to gain the coach who had taken Hawke’s Bay into Air New Zealand Cup semifinals two years in a row.

‘Peter’s appointment is a significant step in the Highlanders’ planning,’ Moore said. ‘We all look forward to working with him.’

Russell said he was thrilled to get the position, which is for two years. ‘Moving from the Air New Zealand Cup to the Super 14 is an obvious step for a coach and it will be good to be involved with a franchise that has a clear vision of where it wants to be,’ he said.

Russell will continue as Hawke’s Bay coach. The other Highlanders assistant is the Otago coach of the past three years, Steve Martin.

After three premierships with Marist St Pat’s in Wellington, Russell guided Wairarapa-Bush to wins in the third division and the Meads Cup in the 2006 AA Rewards Heartland Championship before taking over the Bay.



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