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".
The WRU has teamed up with Crawshay's to tour Georgia in June. The side, which will be called the Crawshays WRU President's XV, will play Emerging Georgia twice, in a tour which supports the Welsh Government's efforts to grow relations between the two countries.
Wales Sevens are looking to re-group after a disappointing tournament last time out in South Africa. The next double leg in New Zealand and Las Vegas offers Gareth Williams a chance to redeem themselves.
Wales Women's head coach Rhys Edwards was at Llandovery to see the conclusion of an entertaining Women's Regional championship where any one of three teams were in contention for title glory on the last day of action.
Christmas has come early at Glynneath rugby club, one of a number around Wales who have received an array of merchandise and equipment this December courtesy of the Welsh Rugby Union's £750,000 participation points scheme.
The WRU have been delivering on the scheme - which gives individual clubs access to up to £5,000 worth of supplies and equipment each for the 2014/2015 season - over the last two weeks and today (Friday) were received by a special guest in Glynneath, club president and pitch marker Max Boyce.