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Ex-Fijian Skipper Coaches Black Ferns

Former Vodafone Flying Fijian skipper Greg Smith is the new head coach for the New Zealand Black Ferns who have qualified to the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup. The New
24 Dec 2014 11:20
Ex-Fijian Skipper Coaches Black Ferns
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Former Vodafone Flying Fijian skipper Greg Smith is the new head coach for the New Zealand Black Ferns who have qualified to the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The New Zealand Rugby general manager Rugby Neil Sorensen yesterday announced Smith’s appointment effective from the beginning of 2015.

“We are very excited about Greg coming on board as he will bring an extensive mix of playing and coaching experience to the Black Ferns programme,” he said.

“Greg brings some fresh thinking and he will challenge players to remain competitive for spots in the team.”

The former Chiefs, Waikato and Fijian International hooker has been a resource coach for the Black Ferns, and recently was an assistant coach to Manu Samoa. He coached in Japan for three years and held a number of provincial coaching roles including time as a specialist resource coach for the Chiefs.

Smith amassed 48 Super Rugby Caps with the Chiefs, ran out 70 times for Waikato and made 46 international appearances for Fiji over nine years, eight of those as captain including at two Rugby World Cup tournaments.

Smith said the opportunity to coach the Black Ferns will be an exciting one.

“This is an exciting challenging, there’s some work to be done to get us back to being the best in the world, but I’m really looking forward to that.

“There are some very talented athletes out there. I have been keeping an eye on competitions this year and I know that as well as the experience we have in abundance.” Smith said.

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