All Black Reihana joins Lam's staff

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:27
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NEWS: All Black utility back Bruce Reihana will link up with Pat Lam as part of his coaching team ahead of the 2017/18 campaign at Bristol.

Reihana will take up the positon as Skills Coach from French Top 14 outfit Bordeaux.

One of the most exciting players to grace the Premiership, Reihana spent ten years at Northampton Saints, while also representing Waikato and the Chiefs in New Zealand.

"The addition of Bruce to the coaching set-up is a major coup for us. Not only is he an excellent coach, he knows the English game and what is required to break down opposition defences here," Head Coach Mark Tainton told bristolrugby.co.uk.

"Bruce worked with incoming flyhalf Ian [Madigan] at Bordeaux and he understands Pat [Lam]’s philosophy and wants to promote an exciting brand of rugby. There’s no denying Bruce was an exciting and influential player during his career - we look forward to seeing him bring that innovation to his coaching of our young squad next season,"

A double Commonwealth gold medallist, Reihana made over 200 appearances for Northampton, before joining Bordeaux as a player and then remaining at the club as Skills Coach.

He added: "When the opportunity arose to join Pat Lam’s coaching team and to work with the players at Bristol Rugby, it excited me straight away.

"I’ve always seen Bristol as a team with huge potential and the chance to be part of a new project, to help develop a team and doing my utmost to bring the best out of players is massively appealing.

"I love the game and I love to coach. I like to bring energy and enthusiasm to my coaching with a real focus on hard work. When Pat outlined how he wanted his Bristol team to play, it sealed the deal,"

 

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