Ex-Waratah joins Brumbies coaching staff
Cape Town - The Brumbies have announced that former Waratahs fullback
Peter Hewat is their new backline coach commencing with the 2018 Super Rugby
Hewat, who bagged 636 points in only fifty matches for the
Waratahs across three seasons, has been coaching at Suntory Sungoliath in the
Japanese Top League for the past five years having been a standout player for
the Asian powerhouse for a trio of years prior to his coaching appointment.
Having also played 78 times for London Irish in the English
Premiership, Hewat will bring a wealth of knowledge to the role, linking up
with fellow assistant coaches Laurie Fisher and Peter Ryan as part of head
coach Dan McKellar’s staff.
“Peter was obviously a very good player at the Waratahs and
was known for his goal-kicking and his ability to score a try,” McKellar told
the Brumbies' official website.
“He has been at Suntory for eight years, four as a player
and four as a coach, and, in my role as a consultant to Suntory, I have
witnessed his progression.
“Peter is ready for an opportunity to coach at Super Rugby
level. His focus will be heavily on the skills aspect and he will be a huge
benefit to our backs in particular.”
Hewat himself was anticipating an enjoyable challenge by
joining the Australian Conference winners.
“I am certainly excited by the opportunity of joining the
Brumbies and becoming a part of the Brumbies family,” Hewat commented.
“The Brumbies are a globally-renowned team who,
historically, have always played an attacking and exciting brand of rugby.
“I have had some very enjoyable times in Japan with Suntory
but feel that the time is right for a return to Australia. The chance to be
involved with a team like the Brumbies is fantastic.
“I have been keeping a close watch on them this season and
am looking forward to teaming up with Dan, Laurie and Peter to help the team
achieve its goals and challenge for another Super Rugby title.”