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Whiffin to coach Highlanders in 2023

WALES Women attack coach Richard Whiffin will join the Highlanders in 2023.

Whiffin joined the national coaching team in September 2021 having spent two years with the Scarlets alongside Ioan Cunningham.

Prior to being involved in Welsh rugby, he was academy manager at Gloucester Rugby and before that he was attack coach at London Irish. Whiffin said, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in Wales both with the Scarlets and Wales Women but this opportunity was one I really couldn’t resist.

“Super Rugby has always been a huge part of my rugby education, from watching on TV as a child to studying the competition as a coach, so to get the opportunity to coach at this level is a massive privilege that I am really grateful to the Highlanders for. I am really looking forward to getting down to Dunedin and experiencing all that it has to offer.

“But for now my priority is on preparing the team for the Rugby World Cup starting with Scotland on the weekend. We can take confidence from our Six Nations win against them, we’ve trained well since arriving in New Zealand but now we need to nail the details over the coming week.”

Wales head coach Ioan Cunningham added, “‘Whiff’ has played a significant role in our team’s development over the last 12 months, not only in terms of his attack role but in our journey towards professionalism. We wish him all the best in his next venture”.

The Welsh Rugby Union will look to recruit a new coach in early 2023.