Aaron joined the Pulse Energy Highlanders as Head Coach in 2018 on the back of three years as Head Coach for the Leicester Tigers in the United Kingdom. This was his second coaching position after being an assistant coach for the Crusaders in 2013 and 2014.
Prior to beginning his coaching career Aaron had a long playing career where he accumulated 89 games for the Crusaders, 46 games for the All Blacks and 53 games for the Leicester Tigers before retiring due to back issues in 2010.
Aaron is looking forward to coaching the team in 2019 and commented, "We’re really looking forward to the 2019 season, we have a great mix of experienced and proven campaigners at this level along with some exciting prospects coming through either in their debut seasons or first/second year. There has been a lot of growth in some of our younger squad members who will all benefit from the last years experience at Super Rugby, International & Domestic levels respectively, I expect the competition for positions in our top match day 23 to intensify this season as a result of the recent growth in these young men. It’s a great position for us to be in as a club and is a reflection of the environment we are constantly trying to provide for our people to achieve their full potential.
I feel that we have a great foundation beneath us to take our game to a higher level in 2019, we have the learnings from teams gone before us and the motivation to ensure we build on the rich history of our proud club, so the challenge is there for this team to make the most of the opportunity we have together and make it a special year in Highlanders history.”