Former All Black Aaron Mauger has signed to the Pulse Energy Highlanders as assistant coach for 2018/19 seasons. Mauger who has impressed during coaching tenures as the assistant coach of the Crusaders in 2013 and 2014 and more recently as the Head Coach of the Leicester Tigers a team he played 53 games for between 2007 and 2010. His coaching term with the Tigers began in 2015 and concluded this season with the team capturing the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
Mauger will be moving to Dunedin in late July with his wife Amy and four children and is looking forward to the opportunity "I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the Highlanders next season. The club have worked extremely hard over the last 4-5 years in particular to create an environment that allows the people and the team to perform at their best and to the highest levels. I feel very privileged to be joining the club and to be in a position on the coaching staff where I can help add to the fantastic structure put in place and help grow the team and club to achieve future success.”
Following on from his overseas experience finding the right club in NZ was important “I like what the Highlanders stand for, I know we are going to a family orientated club and that was a critical factor for us when making our decision. As a family we had lots of discussions with some key people to assure ourselves us that the Highlanders and the city of Dunedin would be the perfect place for Amy and I to bring our family and for me to continue growing as a person and as a coach" said Mauger.
Pulse Energy Highlanders CEO Roger Clark was delighted with the appointment “with the departure of Tony Brown at the end of the season we were on the lookout for another quality attack coach for the next few years. I know the whole club are absolutely thrilled that Aaron has chosen the Highlanders as the next step in his coaching career. Coaches of his ability are keenly sought after globally and to retain his services is excellent news. We perceive a really good fit for him here at the Pulse Energy Highlanders and it will renew the emphasis our club has put on playing innovative and exciting rugby”.