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".
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.