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Delaney to be Canterbury rugby coach

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/11/2016 Sean Martin

Former London Irish head of rugby operations Glenn Delaney has been named as the new coach of national provincial champions Canterbury.

Delaney has signed a three-year deal and takes over from Scott Robertson, who last weekend guided the side to victory over Tasman in the Premiership final.

Robertson now focuses on the 2017 Super Rugby season and his new job as Crusaders coach.

A born-and-bred Cantabrian, Delaney wore London Irish's colours during a playing career that also took him to Japan and France.

He returned to the club and had spells as forwards coach and interim head coach, before leaving his most recent role in mid-year after a restructure.

Canterbury Rugby chief executive Hamish Riach says Delaney, who has also been director of rugby at Nottingham and coached the Barbarians, brings a vast breath of experience.

"We're thrilled that Glenn's positive influence and experience will shape the 2017 Canterbury side," he said.

"We had some exceptional candidates apply for the role which is a great reflection on the strength of provincial rugby in New Zealand."

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