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Former All Blacks To Take The Reins Of QBE Insurance North Harbour

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28 October 2008 - Former All Blacks Craig Dowd and Jeff Wilson have been appointed by the North Harbour Rugby Union as the Air New Zealand Cup Head Coach and Assistant Coach positions respectively for QBE Insurance North Harbour. Dowd and Wilson will commence their new positions in early 2009. Dowd is currently the Rugby Development Manager at North Harbour Rugby responsible for all Player and Coach Development in the region and managing the North Harbour Rugby Academy. His new position as Head Coach of QBE Insurance North Harbour will see him retain some of his Rugby Development Managerial responsibilities.

Wilson is currently employed by IRANZ (International Rugby Academy New Zealand) as a contract Head Coach. In addition to being the Assistant Coach of QBE Insurance North Harbour Air New Zealand Cup side, Wilson will also undertake a Skills Coaching role in the region. This will include working with the North Harbour Academy, Clubs & Schools in the province.

Chief Executive, Brett Hollister is excited about the new appointments.

"Craig and Jeff are exciting appointments for North Harbour Rugby as we focus on rebuilding from a disappointing 2008 Air New Zealand Cup campaign. We have a talented group of players in our Air New Zealand squad and I am confident that Craig and Jeff will create an inspiring environment that will allow us to achieve our potential. Both individuals have long & distinguished playing careers and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the North Harbour Province.

Quote from Craig Dowd: "I am excited about the opportunity to coach North Harbour in the Air New Zealand Cup Competition and are really looking forward to the challenge. We have some good players and very exciting young talent coming through the grades. I enjoyed my time away from New Zealand rugby and the opportunity to gain experience at the highest level of Northern Hemisphere rugby, working with and learning from great coaches like Ian McGeechan, Shaun Edwards and Warren Gatland. I am also very excited about working alongside Jeff Wilson, who has impressed lots of very experience rugby people including myself with his coaching style, passion and delivery. He already has a huge amount of rugby experience and will complement my own beliefs about the game". Quote from Jeff Wilson: 'I am excited about the opportunity to work with Craig and the North Harbour Rugby Union in 2009 and beyond. We both aspire to improve the performance of the Air New Zealand Cup side and assist the development of rugby throughout the region.'

Twenty four coaches applied for the North Harbour Head Coach role, with eight applicants progressing through to the final interview process. The interview panel consisted of North Harbour Rugby Union Chairman, John Morgan, fellow directors Ian Jones, John Mayhew & Former All Black Coach Laurie Mains.

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