Jason Holland, a former Manawatu, Taranaki and Munster
centre, has been appointed to the role of Canterbury
assistant coach for the 2013 ITM Cup campaign.
Holland's appointment follows the promotion of former All
Black Scott Robertson from assistant coach to head coach for
Holland spent the last 13 years playing for and coaching
Irish club Munster. He earned 102 caps and went on to become
backs, attack and skills coach for the European rugby
Canterbury Rugby Football Union chief executive Hamish Riach
said Holland's appointment would be an asset to the
Canterbury coaching team.
"Jason has an impressive track record coaching Munster. He
has gone on to have a very successful coaching career. We are
thrilled that his positive influence and experience will help
shape the 2013 Canterbury side in his new role as assistant
Robertson said: "Jason brings a great balance of experience
playing here in New Zealand and also bringing his
international experience as a player and coach from Europe.
"Jason is an exceptionally talented coach and we are lucky to
have him on board."
Holland will join Robertson in March to start preparing the
five-times champions for the upcoming season, which kicks off
on August 17.
"I am delighted to be joining such a proud, ambitious and
high-performing union." Holland said. "The style of rugby,
and values the players and management seem to have excites me
and I am looking forward to contributing to the continued
success in the ITM Cup and beyond."