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O'Halloran appointed Scotland Assistant Coach

on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. Posted in Turbos News

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The Manawatu Rugby Union today announces the resignation of Turbos Head Coach, Jason O’Halloran to take affect from 30th October 2015.

The Manawatu Rugby Union today announces the resignation of Turbos Head Coach, Jason O’Halloran to take affect from 30th October 2015.

After eight years with the Union, and three years as Head Coach, O’Halloran has gained a new position with the Scottish Rugby Union.

“We are very pleased for Jason in gaining a coaching position with an International team, but sad to be losing such a quality coach from Manawatu,” said CEO, John Knowles. “Jason goes down in history in being the first coach to lead the Turbos to a national championship since Manawatu gained first division status in 2006. His committment to local talent and grassroots development is second to none and something the Manawatu has always prided itself on.”

O’Halloran is held in high regard in New Zealand rugby circles and is expected to do well in his new position. His technical knowledge of the game and attacking strategies used by the players is the hallmark of O’Halloran’s success. “Jason has made the hard calls when they have been needed. We can be assured that he will take the Turbos into this season with a keen desire to back up the success of 2014”, said Knowles.

Jason O’Halloran as the first coach to lead Manawatu to a title in 34 years and as charge for the Manawatu Turbos most successful season so far reflected  on what has been an extremely memorable eight years;

“As hard as it is to leave I have had a great time in this environment and had the pleasure of coaching and working with outstanding people,” he said. “It has been very humbling to be part of this proud province. It’s great to see the development of local talent being stuck to and hard work paying off.”

In fare welling O’Halloran at the end of the season, the Manawatu Rugby Union Board has announced the appointment of Assistant Coach, Jeremy Cotter to the head coach’s role on Jason’s departure. The Board has backed its succession planning in appointing Cotter to the position;

“Cotter is a well-respected coach and one the players have related to well in 2014. With another season working with Jason this year, he will be well ready to step up,” said Knowles.

Cotter and his family are in the process of permanently relocating to Manawatu before the ITM Cup gets underway.  

 

The position of Assistant Coach will be advertised in due course. 

 

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