Pine throws hat in ring for Stags vacancy

COACH? Damien Pine
COACH? Damien Pine

Damien Pine has thrown his name forward for the Stags head coaching role for next season.

Pine confirmed he had applied for the job, with applications closing last night.

Incumbent David Henderson also confirmed he had reapplied, while Rugby Southland academy coach Peter Skelt preferred not to comment and Mark Tinnock, who has coached Star, Marist and the development team, could not be contacted.

Henderson has coached the Stags since 2005, initially in a co-coaching role with Simon Culhane, and as head coach since 2011.

Rugby Southland opted to advertise the job following an end-of-season review.

Pine, a partner at AWS Legal, said he still had some work-related issues to address around the time required for the coaching job if he were successful, but he was excited about the opportunity.

''I've talked to some of the current players and people that I trust and they've encouraged me to put my name forward,'' he said.

Pine believed his physical education background, coaching experience and knowledge acquired in business world put him in a good position.

Rugby Southland confirmed applications had been received from around New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and Argentina.

Applications will be reviewed with Rugby Southland hoping to start the interview process before Christmas.

The Southland Times