Stevens head coach

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The North Otago Rugby Union has announced that Barry Stevens has been appointed as head coach for the 2015 campaign.

Stevens comes with widespread coaching experience that includes, Otago Development, under-21, 20, 19 and Southern Rugby Club’s premier team.

Stevens has played over 150 premier club games for Southern in Dunedin and Valley and also represented North Otago between 1992-95.

North Otago Rugby Union ceo Colin Jackson was delighted with the quantity and quality of applicants for the head coach position.

Jackson said this reflects the standing that North Otago has in New Zealand Provincial Rugby.

“Barry Stevens comes to us with a very good track record and is highly respected throughout Otago Rugby,” he said.

Stevens replaces Mike Mullins, who led North Otago to the Lochore Cup final last season where the Old Golds suffered a tightly contested 14-12 loss to Wanganui and a Meads Cup final victory in 2007.

Stevens insisted that he is looking forward to the beginning of the 2015 Heartland Campaign.

“I’m thrilled and excited for the opportunity, I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

By James Ford