Holland tipped as assistant coach for Canterbury

Last updated 05:00 26/02/2013

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Former Munster player and backs coach Jason Holland is poised to be the new Canterbury assistant coach.

Holland, who played both representative cricket and rugby for Taranaki, left New Zealand in 1999 after failing to be recognised by the Hurricanes. He also played rep rugby for Manawatu.

He will assist new head coach Scott Robertson during this year's NPC campaign.

It is understood the Canterbury Rugby Football Union will announce Holland's appointment once the final paperwork has been completed.

Having left New Zealand to play for an amateur club in Ireland, Holland was later picked up for a low fee by Munster and earned 102 caps for the Irish club, which went on to become one of the powerhouses of European rugby.

Robertson has replaced Tabai Matson who has joined the Crusaders coaching staff this year.

CRFU chief executive Hamish Riach, currently in Brazil, and Robertson were unavailable for comment yesterday but it is believed Holland will arrive in Christchurch in April.

After his playing career with Munster ended, Holland was involved as a video analyst and backs coach. He left the position when Rob Penney replaced former head coach Tony McGahan last year.

Former Canterbury head coach Penney appointed former All Blacks and Wellington first-five Simon Mannix as his backs coach.

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