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Boyd named as new Wellington Lions coach

Published: 6:36PM Thursday November 03, 2011 Source: ONE Sport

  • Chris Boyd (Source: Photosport)
    Chris Boyd - Source: Photosport

Wellington Rugby today announced that Chris Boyd is the new Head Coach of the Wellington Lions.

The former Wellington Lions Assistant Coach cut his coaching teeth in a 10-year spell at his club Tawa, before moving on to the Wellington B Team and then four years as John Plumtree's assistant with the Lions between 2003 and 2006.

From there he worked at the New Zealand Academy of Sport for two years before a two-year term with the Sharks in South Africa and most recently as Assistant Coach to the World Champion New Zealand U20 side and Skills and Defensive Coach with Tonga at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Boyd's coaching experience also extends to facilitating high performance courses for IRANZ since 2006, in addition to being a licensed IRB trainer.

He is thrilled at the prospect of leading the Lions in the 2012 ITM Cup, saying: "I'm very pleased to have been given this opportunity. My goal is to produce a brand of rugby that the Wellington public will want to come and watch. There is a young, enthusiastic group of locally born and bred players to work with and they really want to do well.

"With the resources that Wellington has, both in terms of population and player numbers, there are high expectations of success and I'm fully aware of that. Since I last worked with the Lions in 2006 I have been away and got some runs on the board with different teams. I feel I have some real momentum in my coaching and I can't wait to get started."

Wellington Rugby CEO, James Te Puni was delighted to have secured Boyd's services.

"Chris was the pick of a very strong field of applicants and we are delighted with his appointment. He has tremendous experience of coaching at all levels of the game, from his time in Wellington club and representative rugby through to Super Rugby and national level. This is an exciting time for the Lions and we believe Chris is the ideal man to guide the team to the performances and results they are capable of."