Blues Assistant Coach Glenn Moore has been appointed Black Ferns Head Coach and will lead the team into the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017.
The announcement comes off the back of the Black Ferns’ success at the recent Super Series in Canada where the team defeated England, Canada and USA under Moore’s leadership.
Blues Chief Executive Michael Redman described the appointment as ìa great opportunityî for Moore, who came in to the Blues as a specialist forwards coach in 2014.
ìWe are delighted Glenn has been appointed to coach the Black Ferns through to 2017 and see this as a great opportunity for him,î said Redman. ìGlenn’s Black Ferns commitments works in seamlessly with the Blues’ programme, so there is only upside for Glenn and the Blues in this appointment.î
New Zealand Rugby Head of Women’s Rugby Development, Cate Sexton, said securing a coach of the calibre of Moore was great news for the future of the team.
ìGlenn did an absolutely fantastic job with the team in Canada. He quickly created a rapport with the players and the results on the field speak for themselves. His experience, plus his technical and tactical skills are first class and the team lifted their game with his help. Many of the team were new to the black jersey and Glenn helped create a positive team culture so everybody felt at ease.î
Moore said his time with the Black Ferns had been very fulfilling and he was delighted to be helping develop the team towards an important goal.
ìWinning the Women’s World Cup in 2017 is a major objective and all our processes and programmes from here will be working to achieve that. The team is very much focused on winning the World Cup.
ìThere’s a huge depth of talent in the team and there are some standout players in the Women’s Provincial Championship at the moment. Next year there will be sevens players available too, so there’s going to be strong competition for spots in the team.
Sexton said women’s rugby in New Zealand was in a great place.
ìWe are thrilled to have Glenn on board and thankful to the Blues management and coaching team for being so supportive of him in taking this role.”
Moore’s first task would be to establish the coaching team for the women’s side.