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Former Kiwi Poching to leave Hull KR

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/07/2016

Hull KR have confirmed assistant coach Willie Poching will leave the club at the end of the season.

The 42-year-old former New Zealand and Samoa international, who has spent the last two years with the Robins, briefly took on the role of caretaker coach when Chris Chester left in February but will not be part of the new coaching team for 2017.

Current interim head coach James Webster, who returned to the club in March to take charge to the end of the year, will stay on to assist the new head coach, whose identity is a closely-guarded secret.

Poching, whose contract runs out this year, was part of the backroom staff at Leeds and Warrington before moving to Hull KR and also had a spell as Samoa head coach.

Hull KR's head of rugby Jamie Peacock says Poching has obvious ability as a coach and should set his sights high.

"I think the time is right for Willie to fulfil his long-term ambition to be a head coach. The moment comes in a coach's career when he has moved past being an assistant and Willie is ready for a bigger role now."

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