Newcastle Falcons appoint Hawke’s Bay coach

Newcastle Falcons have announced that former Hawke’s Bay coach Peter Russell has been appointed as head coach for the 2012/2013 season under Dean Richards.

A former fly-half or centre who made more than a century of premier grade appearances in Wellington as a player, the hallmark of his coaching has been an expansive and attacking style which has helped the likes of Israel Dagg, Zac Guildford and Brodie Retallick to earn All Black international honours.

Arriving on the provincial coaching scene with Wairarapa Bush in 2003, Russell took them to the provincial final in only his second season in charge before delivering successive titles in the subsequent two years.

Russell rose to further prominence in New Zealand with the Hawke’s Bay province, helping the Magpies to routinely outperform larger provinces en route to three successive ITM Cup semi-final appearances.

With additional experience as assistant coach to the Highlanders Super 15 side as well as New Zealand’s Under-20s and Divisional XVs Russell will be a key addition to the Falcons staff ahead of the new season.

Speaking to Hawke’s Bay Today Russell said “Improving the Falcons position will be the aim and with good things in place and some good people around me we can achieve that.”

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