Highlanders recruit Chris Boyd in mentoring position

The Highlanders have introduced that they’ve appointed skilled trainer Chris Boyd to their backroom group of workers to function a training mentor in 2023.

The 64-year-old, who used to be Premiership outfit Northampton Saints’ director of rugby from 2018 to 2022, will sign up for the Dunedin-based franchise with the purpose of guiding new head trainer Clarke Dermody and relaxation in their training staff throughout subsequent 12 months’s Super Rugby Pacific marketing campaign.

Chief govt Roger Clark feels Boyd‘s appointment will upload worth to the Highlanders.

Experienced trainer

“The teams that Chris has been involved with are known for their attacking ability and he is an excellent communicator at all levels,” he informed the Highlanders’ authentic site.

“His vast experience will be a great influence for Clarke and his coaching group. We are fortunate to have a coach of Chris Boyd’s stature to fill the role of coaching mentor which in the past has been done on an informal basis by another outstanding coach, Tony Gilbert.”

Boyd has an intensive training CV as he has coached at each and every degree of the sport from membership to nation. He spent with reference to a decade training at Wellington membership Tawa sooner than transferring directly to the Wellington National Provincial Championship (NPC) staff. After that, he moved to the Durban-based Sharks in Super Rugby the place labored as an assistant trainer in 2009 and 2010.

When he returned to New Zealand he assisted Tonga on the 2011 Rugby World Cup and in addition served as head trainer for Wellington within the NPC and the New Zealand U20s staff.

Boyd become the Hurricanes’ head trainer in 2015 and instructed his staff to that 12 months’s Super Rugby ultimate which they misplaced to the Highlanders.

He endured his training adventure with the Hurricanes and the next 12 months they reached the Super Rugby ultimate once more and received the identify through beating the Lions.

During his stint at Northampton Saints he accomplished fast good fortune within the 2018/19 season through successful the Premiership Rugby Cup and he guided Saints to the Premiership play-offs throughout that season.

Four years later, Boyd led the Saints to any other Premiership play-off which they narrowly misplaced to eventual winners Leicester Tigers.

Dermody is eager to paintings with Boyd within the build-up to subsequent 12 months’s Super Rugby Pacific marketing campaign.

“I knew from the moment I accepted the head coach role I wanted to surround myself with as many quality people as I could. In terms of quality, you don’t get much better than Chris,” he mentioned.

His enjoy and skills are glaring in what he has already accomplished in rugby, and I’m extremely joyful he has come on board for 2023, to have his improve in my first 12 months as head trainer of the Highlanders is phenomenal.”

Looking ahead to the problem

Boyd is happy to impart his intensive rugby wisdom and paintings along Dermody and the remainder of his training group of workers.

“Clarke is a good man and an impressive coach with a willingness to learn,” he mentioned.

“There aren’t many of us who perceive the Highlander’s DNA higher than Clarke, having performed and coached for the membership. My position shall be about taking note of the training staff and figuring out the place I will upload worth.

“I believe my relationships with the Highlanders and Northampton Saints, will be mutually beneficial. With a foot in both hemispheres, I hope I can add value to both clubs by sharing best practice, exchanging ideas, and identifying new trends.”

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