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Southern Kings coach quits & returns home to NZ

Super Rugby’s newcomers the Southern Kings have announced that their backs and attack coach Brad Mooar, has left thefranchise and will be returning to New Zealand for personal reasons.

“I can confirm that Brad has left the Southern Kings and will be returning home; I wish him well,” said Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons.

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EP Kings President, Cheeky Watson, said Mooar, who played at flyhalf for various Canterbury teams before turning to coaching and has been a Performance Analyst for the Canterbury ITM Team, the Canterbury Colts Assistant Coach, the Crusaders Development Resource Coach and the Canterbury Colts Head Coach, would be missed.

“The Kings would like to thank Brad for his contribution to the Southern Kings, and wish him all the best for the future,” said Watson.

Meanwhile Solomons has been linked with a move to Edinburgh as head coach but he says that his sole focus is ensuring that the Southern Kings remain in Super Rugby by winning their promotion/relegation battle with the Lions next month.

“My total focus is on the Southern Kings and ensuring that they remain in the Super Rugby competition next year,” he said.

Solomons said his commitment to making the franchise a success had not waivered since coaching them in their inaugural match against the British and Irish Lions on 16 June 2009.

“I’ve been a part of the Southern Kings campaign since the formation of the team in 2009,” he said.

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