Anscombe Adds Former Scottish Player to Coaching Ranks
posted June 1 2017
[ed. comments below]
It's become standard practice in Canada's national men's XVs rugby, foreign Director of Rugby hires foreign coach who brings in foreign specialist coaches. The money for this comes in from foreign sources, World Rugby.
It didn't work too well for former Director of Rugby, Mike Chu, or former coach Kieran Crowley, we'll see how it works this summer for Canada.
Last World Cup the head coach hired his brother from New Zealand and no one batted an eye. Canada were still winless at the tournament and continued their descent in the rankings.
When Francois Ratier temporarily took over as head coach during the 2016 ARC campaign after Crowley left he made Jamie Cudmore defence coach. No doubt Cudmore will be playing this year but hopefully we'll see more of him in these specialist coaching roles in the future - perhaps eventually taking over the reigns completely.
It's wait and see now how much improvement there is in Canada's performance, the first test comes in 9 days against Georgia. from Rugby Canada
LANGFORD, BC, (May 31, 2017) – Former Scottish international Kelly Brown will join Canada’s senior men’s coaching staff as a defence coach for their upcoming four test matches in June and July.
Brown, 34, won 64 test caps for Scotland, scoring four tries, and played in the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups in France and New Zealand respectively.
“I'm delighted to be joining Canada for their important June internationals,” Brown said. “I know many of the players, from playing against them in the UK, and am excited to see what this playing group can achieve."
Brown also played professionally for the Glasgow Warriors and Saracens. He won the Premiership rugby title three times during his career (2010, 2015, 2016) and the Champions Cup twice (2016, 2017).
“Rugby Canada are very pleased to welcome Kelly Brown to the Men’s fifteens coaching team for the June internationals,” Rugby Canada’s General Manager of Performance and Rugby Operations Jim Dixon said. “It is an important month with tests against Georgia, Romania and the two Rugby World Cup qualifiers against the USA. Kelly brings a wealth of international experience from his playing days with Scotland and he's been an integral part of the winning culture at Saracens.”
Canada will face Georgia on June 10 at Calgary Rugby Park before battling Romania on June 17 in Edmonton at Ellerslie Rugby Park.
Canada will then return to Ontario as they tackle the USA on June 24 at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field in the first leg of their Rugby World Cup qualifier before heading to San Diego for the second leg on July 1.
“Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge as a former Captain of Scotland and having seen success with both the Glasgow Warriors and Saracens Rugby Club throughout his extensive career,” said Canada head coach Mark Anscombe.
“His experience as a player and, most recently as a coach with Saracens’ academy, will bring a fresh perspective to our coaching ranks as we prepare for an important series in June in Alberta and our Rugby World Cup Qualifiers against USA.”
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