Three Moore years for Highlanders



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Glenn Moore will continue to coach the Highlanders for at least another three years, the franchise said today.

Highlanders chief executive Richard Reid said he was thrilled that Moore and the New Zealand Rugby Union, which owns each of the five Super 14 franchises, had reached agreement on a contract that takes Moore through to the end of the 2011 competition.

‘Continuity of coaches as well as players is crucial to the building of a team and this is great news for the Highlanders,’ Reid said.

Moore, who first coached the Highlanders this year, said he was utterly committed to the franchise and security of tenure means a lot in terms of building a successful team.

‘We began the process this year by trying to retain as many players as we could,’ he said.

‘The key to a successful team is careful planning and a gradual build up to where we want to be.’

The Highlanders finished 11th in this year’s competition and Moore said while that was disappointing, there were encouraging signs for the future.

Moore took over the Highlanders after previously being assistant coach of Otago.

He also coached North Otago for five years during which time he took them from the third division to the top four of the second.

He also coached the national Divisional XV team (now the Heartland XV) for three years.



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