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Glenn Moore has been named as the new Highlanders coach ahead of the 2008 Super 14 tournament. Moore, the Highlanders’ defence coach in 2006 and 2007, will take over from the Blues-bound Greg Cooper.

Moore, who guided North Otago to the Division Three title in 2002 and the second division semi-finals in 2003, coached the New Zealand Divisional XV between ’03 and 2005, before joining the Highlanders set-up under Cooper’s tutelage.

Speaking about his next move along the Dunedin coaching rung, an excited Moore said: “The Highlanders historically have always competed well in the Super 14, but the next few years are critical to the franchise.

“As with all coaching positions there will be challenges but I believe through hard work and innovation we can achieve the results that we all want for the Highlanders.”

Stuart McLauchlan, the Chairman of the Highlanders, was pleased with the new appointment.

“One of the reasons we encouraged Glenn into the franchise in the first place was because we recognised he had the qualities, developed through several senior management positions in business and rugby coaching, that one day could make him head coach,” said McLauchlan on Tuesday.

“I’m pleased that day has now arrived. The fact Glenn comes from within the franchise makes it even better.”

The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) also welcomed the new appointment, with deputy CEO Steve Tew adding: “Glenn is a talented coach with a proven record of success who has earned the opportunity to step up to the next level.

“He is very familiar with the Highlanders environment and is looking to build on the work that he and Greg have put in over the last two years.”

The Highlanders – who lost to the Crusaders in the 1999 Super 12 Final, whilst also making the semi-finals on another three occasions – finished ninth in the 2007 Super 14.

 

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