• Kiwi to sharpen WP skills

    Former Blues skills coach Paul Feeney has joined Western Province for a 10-day stint to assist with their Currie Cup campaign.

    Feeney, a specialist attack coach, was in charge of Auckland in the National Provincial Championship before joining the Blues as an assistant coach in 2015. He has since parted ways with the Super Rugby franchise.

    Director of rugby Gert Smal says Feeney will be consulting with all WP coaches in an attempt to bring a new perspective to their work.

    'I've always been a big believer in calling on outside influences to stimulate our coaching system,' Smal said. 'It's great to have someone of Paul's experience and quality to take a look at what we are doing and offer his point of view.

    'Part of our vision is to nurture and develop our coaching staff and with over 20 years of top-level coaching experience, Paul is the ideal candidate to do just that. His input and perspectives have already been invaluable.

    'We want to play a positive and progressive brand of rugby across all of our teams, and Paul will be able to challenge our coaches to make some serious strides towards that goal.'

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    Mariette Adams