The Chiefs announced today former Chiefs winger Roger Randle will join the Chiefs coaching group of Colin Cooper, Neil Barnes, Nick White, Tabai Matson and Andrew Strawbridge.
Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper said he will be a welcomed addition to their current coaching group.
“We are pleased to have Roger joining our coaching group and team. He brings great knowledge of the game and will complement our coaching group really well. He is no stranger to working in this kind of environment, having held coaching roles with the Maori All Blacks and Waikato. It’s particularly special for Roger and our Club to be part of his journey from a player to a coach of the Gallagher Chiefs.”
The former All Black and New Zealand Sevens moved into coaching late in his playing career. Randle’s coaching portfolio spanning over ten years provides a wealth of attack coaching experience across both provincial and international rugby.
Randle said he is excited for the opportunity and is pleased to be returning to the Chiefs environment.
“I am stoked to get the opportunity to continue to develop my coaching in New Zealand in Super Rugby. It’s very special to be able to do it with my former team the Gallagher Chiefs.”
“It is great continuity for me to step into the Gallagher Chiefs role off the back of our Waikato campaign last year. Being based in Hamilton is a huge positive for me, my whanau do not have to move in order for me to continue to be a professional coach and I continue the professional development I have already done with Coops and Tabs before this,” Randle said.
“They are both great guys and I am looking forward to continue to develop my coaching and working closely alongside Tabs.”
Randle finished by acknowledging the Waikato Rugby Union for their support to allow him to take up this opportunity.
“Waikato Rugby Union have been great in allowing me to take up this opportunity. We had a great group for last year’s campaign, now with Straws moving into the head coach role this year I am keen to continue with the Mooloos and build on our performance last year.”
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