Enright on board as TBHS coach

TAKING CHARGE: Shane Enright will coach the Timaru Boys' High School first XV in 2014 with Ken Wills.
TAKING CHARGE: Shane Enright will coach the Timaru Boys' High School first XV in 2014 with Ken Wills.

Former Ashburton College coach Shane Enright has been named head coach for the Timaru Boys' High School first XV for next year.

Enright's assistant will be former South Canterbury Heartland coach Ken Wills.

Enright spent three seasons with Ashburton College and this year took them into the top 8 of the Crusaders competition for the first time.

They also won the South Island co-ed first XV title by beating Roncalli and then the Highlanders' region winners, Dunstan High School 33-13, to make the New Zealand top four.

Enright's appointment is in bonus territory already as he has attracted two very capable players to switch schools.

His manager James McCloy's son, Nathan McCloy, has been accepted into TBHS and the hostel.

McCloy was the starting first five-eighth for Ashburton and is an accomplished goal kicker, finishing fifth in the Press Cup after only taking back the kicking duties half way through the season after a groin injury.

Also moving to Timaru Boys' High School is Tyler Blackburn from Mt Hutt College.

Enright said Blackburn was one of the most promising halfbacks around, who could push for a New Zealand Schools spot in 2015.

Enright played age-group rugby for Southland and then in their first division NPC side in 1991 and 1992. He started coaching age-group teams in 1997 and has had success, including South Island titles. He has also spent five years coaching in Canada.

Enright said he was very much looking forward to the challenge with TBHS.

With Ashburton making the "top of the mountain" with the co-ed top four, Enright said he took the decision to move on while at the top of his game.

While he had not discussed goals yet with Wills he believed a top 4 Press Cup spot after a couple of years was realistic, and possibly making a final.

"We want to get a culture back into the team and also the school."

Enright said he and Wills were put together by the school and made the decision to coach together after a meeting.

"I am really looking forward to working with Ken."

Enright said the only thing they were looking for was a physio to join them in 2014. Enright has been employed at Silver Fern Farms' Pareora plant for the past 13 months as beef production manager.

Former TBHS coach Dave Fisher is set to take the reins of the Temuka senior side.

The Timaru Herald