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New coach for the rugby national team

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By SIBUSISIWE NGOZO - SWAZI TIMES-09-Jun-2009

MBABANE – The Swaziland Rugby Union has appointed Steven Reynolds to be the head coach of the rugby national team.

Reynolds will lead the team that will be competing in the Confederation of African Rugby tournament, which will be played in Botswana, Gaborone in July. The squad which was selected about a month ago is going under training in preparations for the CAR tournament.

The final squad will consist of 23 players who will be selected from the 36 players who were selected during the trials last month. Announcing the appointment of Reynolds was SRU President Michael Collinson. It will be the second time for Reynolds to head a national team as last year he coached the national side for the Rugby World Cup Qualifiers against Botswana.

Collinson said though they lost last year they were happy about the performance of Reynolds’ led team. “Steven put in a huge amount of time and effort getting the World Cup team ready and we were impressed with his commitment,” he said.

Collinson said Reynolds had already begun drilling the 36 member tentative training squad. “He trains the team three times a week and he seems to be happy with the players’ commitment, “he said. Reynolds when contacted on his new appointment thanked the Rugby Union for their faith in him and assured the executive he would do everything in his power to bring back positive results.


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