Good takes reins of development XV

Former Manawatu halfback Aaron Good continues his climb up the rugby coaching path.

He has been appointed to coach the resurrected Manawatu development XV.

Good was the obvious choice. Two years ago he guided the Manawatu under-18s and last year the under-20 representatives.

He had been coach of College Old Boys for the past two winters, only to resign following the Hankins Shield semifinals for family reasons.

The development XV job will be less time-consuming with assistant coach Greg Fleming, the Manawatu academy manager, also on board. He and the Turbos coaches are likely to help select the team.

A backup Manawatu side was long overdue.

The B-cum-development XV was scrapped in 2011 after the 2010 season for budgetary reasons and its absence has meant many Turbos players have lacked match practice.

New Zealand Rugby Union regional coach Jared Tuoro retains the reins with the Manawatu Cyclones NPC team who finished fourth last season.

The Manawatu under-18 team has sensibly been scrapped and replaced by the under-19s.

The under-18s had battled to attract players each year because most had come from the Palmerston North Boys' High School and Feilding High School first XVs who had finished their heavy playing schedules.

Hankins Shield-winning coach Fusi Feaunati, Kia Toa, moves from the under-18s to the under-19s.

Manukura School's principal Nathan Durie is a new name, as coach of the under-13s.

The coaches:

Manawatu Cyclones: Jared Tuoro (head coach); assistant coach TBC

Manawatu development: Aaron Good (head coach); Greg Fleming (assistant coach)

Manawatu under-19: Fusi Feaunati (head coach); Glen Christini (assistant coach)

Manawatu under-16: Paul Adrian (head coach); Paul Sheehan and Anthony Rowden (assistant coaches)

Manawatu under-14: Martyn Boyce (head coach); Tayte Cozens (assistant coach)

Manawatu under-13: Nathan Durie (head coach); assistant coach TBC

Manawatu under-12: Dave Treder (head coach); assistant coach TBC

Manawatu under-11: Jason Torrey (head coach); assistant coach TBC

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