Former North Otago coach Glenn Moore has been appointed assistant coach of the Blues for the 2015 and 2016 Investec Super Rugby seasons.
Moore enjoyed two spells with the Old Golds, the first from 2000-2005 as head coach before returning as a technical advisor to Barry Matthews in 2010-11 and 2012.
North Otago Rugby Union ceo Colin Jackson praised Moore’s contibution to local rugby.
“Glenn Moore is an outstanding coach who will relish the opportunity that he has been given at The Blues. John Kirwan has secured a big coaching asset,” he said.
“Whilst in Oamaru, Glenn made a wonderful contribution to North Otago Rugby’s proud history and he has total respect as a coach and man from everyone in our rugby community.”
The former Highlanders head coach will be responsible for the forwards and the contact area, and will join the Blues full-time at the conclusion of the Heartland Championship, where he is the current Mid Canterbury head coach and will be looking to defend the Mead Cup.
The Auckland-born Moore partners head coach Sir John Kirwan and assistant coach Grant Doorey in the coaching team, with a back skills coach to be appointed in the coming weeks.
Kirwan said he was delighted to welcome Moore to the Blues.
“He was a standout candidate and he’s exactly what we need at the Blues,” Kirwan said.
“He’s widely respected throughout rugby circles and brings a wealth of experience which is really important because we’re losing a little bit of that. He’s also incredibly passionate about the game and I think he’ll bring a really hard edge to the forward pack.”
The former Mid Canterbury loose forward said he is looking forward to making the most of the opportunity.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to join the coaching staff at the Blues and get back to coaching at an elite level, ” said.
” I was really impressed with JK’s vision and passion for the franchise. That helped make it an easy decision to join the coaching team. I’m really looking forward to relocating up north and getting stuck in.”
Moore boasts an impressive coaching résumé, spanning more than 14 years having coached the New Zealand Divisional XV from 2003-2005,
He then became the Highlanders defence coach and Otago assistant coach in December 2005 before being promoted to Highlanders assistant coach in 2006 and becoming head coach from 2007-2010.
Moore joined Mid Canterbury in 2013, leading them to a Championship title in his first year.
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES – Former North Otago Coach Glenn Moore has been apointed as assistant coach at the Blues.