Glasgow Appoint Two New Coaches

Glasgow Rugby have completed their worldwide search for coaching successors to Richie Dixon and Rob Moffat.Their new head coach will be a New Zealander, Kiwi Searancke, 50-year-old coach of the Waikato provincial team for the last three years, during which they defended the Ranfurly Shield 21 times and once reached the semi-finals of New Zealand's National Provincial ChampionshipFor the last four years Searancke, a prop during his playing career, has also been involved with the cream of New Zealand's young talent, first as a national under-21 selector and then as coach of the NZ Nike Youth Team."I"m very exited by the prospect of coaching Glasgow," Searancke said today. "I see my role as further enhancing Glasgow rugby and at the same time helping to strengthen the base of Scottish rugby."Glasgow Rugby's new assistant coach who will look after back play will be a 39-year-old Australian, Steve Anderson, who was the assistant coach of the national Australian rugby league side, the Kangaroos, who won the World Cup in 2000 and the Trans-Tasman Series in 1999. Between 1997 and 2000 he was assistant coach of Melbourne Storm, who won the Australian national title in 1998 and took the World Club Championship by beating St Helens.He has also coached in the UK with Warrington Wolves in Super League. In rugby union he has been a backline and defence consultant with London Irish and the Pretoria club in South Africa.Anderson said: "It's a new challenge for me after 13 years as a professional coach, mainly in Rugby League. I also see it a great opportunity for me to develop, and I"m looking forward to working with the Glasgow system.'david Jordan, Glasgow Rugby's Chief Executive, is confident that the duo, working alongside assistant coach Gordon Macpherson, will build on the philosophy the squad has engendered over the last three years."In advertising around the world for successors to Richie and Rob we considered it vital that the successful candidates would endeavour to follow and then build on the template and style of rugby Glasgow have sought to play. I am delighted by the quality of the two gentlemen we have appointed," the Chief Executive said.SRU Director of Rugby Jim Telfer said: "Kiwi and Steve will bring the best of both worlds not just to the Glasgow Rugby pro-team but also to clubs in Glasgow District because it is a key part of their responsibilities to work with clubs in the area to raise standards.'the coaches bring experience of rugby union and also the open-mindedness gleaned from rugby league, and I hope Scottish rugby as a whole can benefit from their appointments."Richie Dixon, Glasgow Rugby's former head coach, has been appointed to head up the Scottish Rugby Union's development of the Scotland coaches of the future. Rob Moffat, previously assistant coach of Glasgow Rugby, is now the assistant coach of the new pro-team, The Borders. Glasgow Rugby have completed their worldwide search for coaching successors to Richie Dixon and Rob Moffat.Their new head coach will be a New Zealander, Kiwi Searancke, 50-year-old coach of the Waikato provincial team for the last three years, during which they defended the Ranfurly Shield 21 times and once reached the semi-finals of New Zealand's National Provincial ChampionshipFor the last four years Searancke, a prop during his playing career, has also been involved with the cream of New Zealand's young talent, first as a national under-21 selector and then as coach of the NZ Nike Youth Team."I"m very exited by the prospect of coaching Glasgow," Searancke said today. "I see my role as further enhancing Glasgow rugby and at the same time helping to strengthen the base of Scottish rugby."Glasgow Rugby's new assistant coach who will look after back play will be a 39-year-old Australian, Steve Anderson, who was the assistant coach of the national Australian rugby league side, the Kangaroos, who won the World Cup in 2000 and the Trans-Tasman Series in 1999. Between 1997 and 2000 he was assistant coach of Melbourne Storm, who won the Australian national title in 1998 and took the World Club Championship by beating St Helens.He has also coached in the UK with Warrington Wolves in Super League. In rugby union he has been a backline and defence consultant with London Irish and the Pretoria club in South Africa.Anderson said: "It's a new challenge for me after 13 years as a professional coach, mainly in Rugby League. I also see it a great opportunity for me to develop, and I"m looking forward to working with the Glasgow system.'david Jordan, Glasgow Rugby's Chief Executive, is confident that the duo, working alongside assistant coach Gordon Macpherson, will build on the philosophy the squad has engendered over the last three years."In advertising around the world for successors to Richie and Rob we considered it vital that the successful candidates would endeavour to follow and then build on the template and style of rugby Glasgow have sought to play. I am delighted by the quality of the two gentlemen we have appointed," the Chief Executive said.SRU Director of Rugby Jim Telfer said: "Kiwi and Steve will bring the best of both worlds not just to the Glasgow Rugby pro-team but also to clubs in Glasgow District because it is a key part of their responsibilities to work with clubs in the area to raise standards.'the coaches bring experience of rugby union and also the open-mindedness gleaned from rugby league, and I hope Scottish rugby as a whole can benefit from their appointments."Richie Dixon, Glasgow Rugby's former head coach, has been appointed to head up the Scottish Rugby Union's development of the Scotland coaches of the future. Rob Moffat, previously assistant coach of Glasgow Rugby, is now the assistant coach of the new pro-team, The Borders.