Plenty of interest in Otago coaching jobs, board

Good interest has been declared in the head coaching job for Otago while there are also plenty of candidates wanting to discover the next big thing.

Richard Kinley
Richard Kinley

The Otago Rugby Football Union is not only looking for a new head coach of its Mitre 10 Cup team but is also in the market for a player development manager and a board member.

New Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker resigned from the board a few months ago when he was confirmed as the National candidate for the electorate.

Otago Rugby Football general manager Richard Kinley said the board had decided to seek a new member to replace Walker and he hoped an appointment would be made shortly.

There was the option of not replacing Walker and just waiting for a new member to be elected at the next annual meeting in late March.

Kinley said the board wanted to replace Walker sooner as late March was nearly halfway through the union's business year and a replacement was needed sooner.

Walker sat on the board's marketing and commercial sub-committee. Kinley said there had been good interest in the position which closed last Friday.

Player development manager Tim Colling finished up last Friday and Kinley said there had been much interest in the development position.

Applications closed last Friday and he hoped to have a new manager named within weeks but said it always took time.

The Otago head coaching job was advertised 10 days ago and Kinley said there had been plenty of interest in the position.

He said interest had been from far and wide which showed the job was an attractive one for many people.

Applications for the head coaching position close on November 24.

Meanwhile, Taranaki has appointed the team's former assistant coach, Willie Rickards, as its new head coach.

Rickards, who played two games for the Highlanders in 2007, takes over from Colin Cooper, who has moved to the Chiefs.


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