Lions buy ex-NZ coach

2010-01-07 20:23
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Johannesburg - The Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) on Thursday announced another addition to the franchise from the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand ahead of the Super 14, in former All Blacks conditioning coach Wayne Taylor.

Taylor joined the Lions on Tuesday and the Union said in a statement they where "thrilled" to have him joining their ranks. He will work alongside the Lions' director of coaching, Dick Muir, who filled the position towards the end of 2009.

Taylor is vastly experienced in fitness periodisation and planning, gym technique, nutrition, recovery, self massage and injury prevention, strength and conditioning, stretch and strength, team building and values and standards.

He replaces ex-conditioning coach Gerhard Jordaan, who has moved to the Boland Rugby Union, and he has experience in fitness training since 1995.

"Coaches are incredibly difficult to come by, and we at the Golden Lions Rugby Union are ecstatic that we are able to enter the 2010 Vodacom Super 14 with Dick leading the reigns and Wayne at his side," said GLRU chief executive Manie Reyneke.

"This is going to be an exciting year for the Union, and with so many changes that have taken place over the last year, we are confident that there will be a massive change in the team come the Super 14."


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