Board lets Mooar decide coaching team

The Rugby Southland board and general manager Brian Hopley will hand the reins over to new head coach Brad Mooar to put together the rest of the Stags coaching team for 2014.

Rugby Southland recently announced Brad Mooar as the organisation's new director of coaching and Stags head coach, taking over from David Henderson.

During an interview with The Southland Times Hopley and board member Grant Dermody said they would give Mooar the freedom to put the rest of his management team together.

"We'll now go to the market for assistant coaches and look at what's out there and Brad will lead that because I'm a firm believer, and the board agrees with this, that you employ a head coach and he looks at the people that will work with them," Hopley said.

Mooar said he didn't yet have people in mind but hinted he is keen to fill the roles with people from within Southland.

"It's early days yet, I've got to get my feet under the desk but it's about talking to people, and that's the group that was involved last year, all of them, having a good conversation talking about rugby and life, really, and making sure there is a good alignment.

" If they're the right people to do the job then we'll start to look at filling roles," he said.

Henderson's main assistant last year was Mark Ozich, while Hoani Macdonald and Clarke Dermody also provided assistance. Glenn Morrison was the team manager. 

The Southland Times