MEDIA RELEASE - SATURDAY 17TH JUNE
McLeod takes on All Black Role
Pulse Energy Highlanders Assistant Coach Scott McLeod will join the All Blacks as Defence Coach at the conclusion of the current Super Rugby season. McLeod has fashioned a reputation as an, innovative and committed defence coach, since his arrival at the club in 2013. In fact the Highlanders have enjoyed one of the better defence records in Super Rugby in recent times.
Pulse Energy Highlanders CEO Roger Clark was pleased for McLeod “the club is delighted for Scott, in reality, just like players coaches have aspirations for higher honours and it’s great for them as individuals and for the club when they achieve them. Jamie, Tony and Scott are now all coaching at international level and that really does reflect the quality of coaching the club has enjoyed in recent times.”
McLeod’s’ time with the Highlanders has coincided with considerable success for the Highlanders club, champions in 2015, semi-finalists in 2016 and already qualified for the playoffs this year.
“Along with Jamie and Brownie and the rest of the coaching group, Scott has been a big part of our recent success. The heart of our rugby strategy is to recruit people who we believe are Highlander men, people that can add real and lasting value to our club. Scott certainly falls into that category as do our more recent coaching additions Mark Hammett and Aaron Mauger” said Clark.
The Highlanders will seek a replacement for McLeod after the conclusion of the Investec Super Rugby competition “clearly with Scott moving on and of course Tony joining Japan we need to add another coach to our mix from next year. We were very happy to secure the services of Aaron Mauger recently and with Mark Hammett joining us last year we already have two experienced coaches so just how we complement them will be determined through the recruitment process.”
McLeod will transition into the All Black Defence role over the period of the Rugby Championship before Wayne Smith departs at the end of the year.