Andrew Hore has been appointed as the new Welsh Rugby Union National Fitness and Conditioning Coach.
The 30 year old University of Otago graduate will commence his duties at the
end of June.
A resident of Christchurch, New Zealand he has for the past 2 years been strength and conditioning Coach to Canterbury Rugby NPC and the Canterbury
Crusaders, teams synonymous with success.
National Team Coach Steve Hansen said " I am delighted that Andrew has been appointed. He was in a very competitive field and I was very impressed with the calibre of applicants who put their names forward. I have worked with him for five years and understand well the qualities he can bring to our Management Team. I am confident that he has both the Technical and man Management Skills necessary to raise our standards and assist us in achieving our goals"
Hore was equally enthusiastic, " I am very happy to have been offered this
role, and am looking forward to getting stuck into it and achieving some positive results. I have been pretty well briefed on where people are in terms of fitness at the moment and it's the challenge of improving on that which really excites me".
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The WRU's Women and Girls legacy events - #TRY OUR GAME have proved popular this week with current players and newcomers to the game learning new skills and picking up tips from national squad players.
We caught up with Shona and Ellie from the Wales women team ahead of the start of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Paris next month at a recent women's training session to encourage and promote more women and girls to try their hand at rugby. #tryourgame
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Wales completed their Junior World Championship campaign with a victory over Samoa. Team manager Mark Taylor and No 8 James Benjamin reflect on a tournament which saw Wales win three games and lose two.