Shane Howarth joins Worcester as backs coach

Aviva Premiership Rugby club Worcester Warriors have revealed that former New Zealand and Wales international Shane Howarth is to become the new Backs Coach at Sixways.

Howarth joins after an impressive 12 months at Aviva Premiership rivals London Wasps where he developed a powerful, incisive and talented young back line at Adams Park.

The Auckland-born coach has had previous coaching spells with Auckland Blues, New Zealand Maori and the Pacific Islanders.

Director of Rugby Dean Ryan said: “I am naturally delighted that Shane will be joining us at Warriors.

“Shane coaches players to have a real ambition to play and you only have to look at the back line development he has achieved this season at London Wasps to see his pedigree.

“He also has the ability to develop, support and bring through youngsters and that is crucial to the way I want Warriors to operate.

“Shane has a strong coaching background from around the world, with Super 15 and international experience, and he will be a big asset to the coaching set-up at Warriors.”

Howarth was a full-back for Sale and Newport during his playing days and won four New Zealand caps in 1994. Under the International Rugby Board rules of the time he went on to play for Wales, making his debut against South Africa in 1998 and going on to win 19 caps.

He has made his name in coaching since hanging up his boots and is looking forward to his next challenge at Warriors.

“It’s a very exciting challenge to be joining Warriors under the new leadership of Dean Ryan,” said the 44-year-old.

“When I joined Wasps they were not in a great position after what had been a difficult year. But we encouraged the team to play and the young talent has really stepped up this season.

“Warriors are now looking to bring young emerging talent to the fore and that is what I want to help achieve.

“There is a huge amount of talented young rugby players in England at the moment. I’ve been stunned by the depth and it’s clearly not just in New Zealand where exciting young players are being developed. I want to see that happening at Warriors.

“I would like to personally thank London Wasps for their understanding and especially Dai Young for the opportunity he gave me. My family are a big part of this decision process, having not settled in London, and we are looking forward to the move to the Midlands.

“The chance to work with Dean is also a big incentive. I played against him as a player and he is a straight up and down character. He has a quality rugby brain and I look forward to now teaming up with him at Sixways.”

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