Chalk another one up for the intelligence of front rowers.
Former Waikato and Chiefs prop Michael Collins has been appointed as interim chief executive of Taranaki Rugby as he fills the void left after Neil Pennington's shock resignation this week to return to his farm.
Don't let his playing association with the cow bell swingers fool you, though.
Collins is a former captain of the New Plymouth Boys' High School first XV, was the former development manager at Taranaki Rugby, while he has been the ITM Cup side's scrum coach for several seasons.
Collins' interim appointment will raise a few eyebrows, especially when commercial manager Geoff Hitchcock did the job when former chief executive Mark Robinson resigned suddenly at the end of 2011.
Hitchcock held the interim post for more than three months until Pennington was appointed.
"Michael's area of expertise is obviously high performance," Taranaki Rugby chairman Lindsay Thomson said.
"We have to do a team review at the end of the season and we felt that Michael was better equipped to lead that review."
Thomson had no concerns about Collins' lack of similar job experience, even though it was only a caretaker role.
Asked if that meant the job would not be advertised, Thomson said the board had yet to even meet and discuss the issue.
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