The Pulse Energy Highlanders have announced the experienced Glenn Delaney as their new defence coach.

Delaney currently holds the position of Canterbury head coach and will start with the Highlanders, on a two year contract, at the completion of the Mitre 10 Cup.

Born in Timaru, Delaney left NZ as a 19 year old lock/number 8 to play in Japan, further stints in France and the UK followed. He met his English wife Claire while overseas and retired from playing in 2004 after playing 66 games for the London Irish club. His first coaching position was with Nottingham where he was the head coach then director of rugby, before returning to London Irish in 2012 as their forwards coach. He later became head coach and then rugby operations manager.

Roger Clark, Highlanders CEO, was pleasantly surprised that a coach with so much international experience was available so close to home “when we set out to find a new defence coach we were aware that it might be a global search to find the right candidate, ironically almost all of Glenn’s coaching experience is offshore but in a stroke of good fortune for us he landed up right under our nose just a few hours up the road. This is a great appointment for our club and I am sure all our players will benefit from Glenn’s experience”.

Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger was familiar with Delaney’s work “Glenn had established a great reputation in the UK over the years and I occasionally used his expertise when I was with Leicester. He will make a great addition to our coaching group with his knowledge and ability to get the best out of players. Scotty McLeod has done great work with the team over the last few seasons and I want Glenn to grow that foundation and make defence a real strength of our game. I am stoked that the timing was right and he was available to do the job.”

Delaney is excited to be joining the Highlanders  “ I am delighted to join the Highlanders and am looking forward to working with a very exciting group of players and a coaching team I know well and respect. I look forward to linking up once my commitments to the Mitre 10 cup are complete”

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