Highlanders name Flutey as new skills coach
Cape Town - The Highlanders have bolstered their
coaching staff for the 2019 Super Rugby season after appointing Riki
Flutey as their new skills coach.
Flutey, who has extensive playing experience including playing for
both England and the British and Irish Lions, will replace Cory Brown
who has moved to the Sunwolves.
A centre or flyhalf, Flutey played for Hawke's Bay and the
Hurricanes before moving to England in 2005. While in England he played
for the London-based clubs London Irish and Wasps, and also had a brief
stint in France with Brive. He finished out his playing career in Japan
playing for the Ricoh Rams in 2012/13.
Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger believes Flutey will add another dimension to his team's coaching group.
"Riki brings with him a wealth of playing experience, he has played
with and been coached by some of the best rugby brains in the world and
we are fortunate to be able to tap into that experience," said Mauger.
"His role will be to improve the skills of our players across the
board including working with our kickers. We are looking forward to him
coming aboard in the New Year."
Flutey is looking forward to the opportunity.
"I am absolutely honoured to have the opportunity to join the Highlanders for their 2019 campaign," he said.
"It's a great chance for me to join an exceptional group of coaches
and players. I look forward to immersing myself in the team culture and
getting the season underway."
Flutey will join the Highlanders coaching group of Mauger, Mark
Hammett, Glenn Delaney and Clarke Dermody shortly after the team
reassembles on January 7.