London Irish snap up two Super Rugby coaches

English Premiership Rugby club London Irish have signed two Super Rugby coaches from New Zealand franchises for next season.

Blues assistant coach Grant Doorey and Hurricanes assistant coach Clark Laidlaw will work under Chiefs assistant coach Tom Coventry next season.

Coventry announced his decision to leave the Chiefs earlier this season and he has now completed his coaching team with the signing of two rival New Zealand Super Rugby coaches.

Doorey will look after the London Irish defence after ending his current association with the Auckland Blues.

Grant had a successful Rugby League career playing at the top level in both Australia and France. He moved into coaching, and specialised in defence strategies where he worked alongside Sir John Kirwan as Assistant Coach for Italy, Japan and the Barbarians before joining up with the Blues in Auckland.

Clark Laidlaw will also join London Irish as Assistant Coach and will be responsible for the backs. He is Assistant Coach at the Hurricanes, who are currently top of the Super XV table.

Laidlaw, who is the son of Scotland and British and Irish Lion Scrum half Roy, played for Livorno, Borders and Scotland 7s before embarking on a successful coaching career.

Clark moved to New Zealand in 2008 working within the Taranaki Academy for two years before taking up the position of Skills Coach with the New Zealand 7s team.

The Scot returned to Taranaki in 2010 to become their Skills Coach before taking up his current role of Assistant Coach with the Hurricanes in 2013. He is regarded as one of the brightest young coaches in New Zealand.

London Irish Operations Director, Bob Casey said,”We are extremely happy with the coaching team we have assembled for next season. Grant and Clark are both great characters and talented, ambitious coaches who will fit well into the environment at Hazelwood. “

“We look forward to welcoming both Clark, Grant and their families into the Club in the summer.”

Tom Coventry, London Irish Head Coach for 2015 added,”I am delighted to have secured the coaching services of two talented coaches; both men have displayed the ability to work to a very high standard in a wide range of rugby environments. ”

“Both are extremely conscientious, resourceful and very knowledgeable and will add real value to the London Irish Club and family. We look forward to joining in the summer and are all excited by the new challenges that lie ahead.

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