Province attack gets Kiwi flavour

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:10
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NEWS: Western Province will add a New Zealand flavour to their coaching panel for their Currie Cup campaign.

Attack and skills coach Paul Feeney is currently on a short stay in Cape Town, where he is providing fresh insights and exchanging ideas with the Stormers and Western Province coaching staff.

The New Zealander, who is currently an assistant coach at the Blues and was previously head coach of Auckland in the National Provincial Championship, is a specialist attack coach.

Having played at provincial level for North Harbour and Bourges in France as a flyhalf, he also has coaching value to add with respect to kicking, defence and general skills.

Director of Rugby Gert Smal said that Feeney will be consulting with all Western Province coaches in the system during his stay over the next 10 days, in an attempt to bring a new perspective to their work.

"I have always been a big believer in calling on outside influences to stimulate our coaching system," Smal said.

"It is great to have someone of Paul's experience and quality to take a look at what we are doing and offer his point of view.

"Part of our vision is to nurture and develop our coaching staff at all levels, and with over 20 years of top level coaching experience, Paul is the ideal candidate to do just that as we look to give ourselves every possible advantage.

"His input and perspectives have already been invaluable.

"We want to play a positive and progressive brand of rugby across all of our teams, and Paul will be able to challenge our coaches to make some serious strides towards that goal," he added.

Feeney will be spending the next 10 days with the coaching staff, after which he will return to New Zealand.

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