New Zealand’s Ian Snook appointed Kenya 15s coach.

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New Zealand’s Ian Snook appointed Kenya 15s coach.

Kenya Rugby Union announced on Monday that New Zealander Ian Snook will take on as  the new Kenya Simbas head coach starting April 2018.

Snook takes over from South African Jerome Paarwater who was sacked in December last year.

Paarwater had led Kenya’s 15’s team, also known as Simbas, for five years, during which he came close to leading the country to a maiden Rugby World Cup appearance in England 2015.

The details of the deal were not reveeled by Keenya Rugby Union

A statement from KRU read “The New Zealand national brings with him a vast wealth of experience, having served in various high profile coaching and consulting capacities in New Zealand, Australia, England, Ireland,Laos, Japan, Croatia,Italy and South Africa.”

He will be assisted by fellow countryman Murray Roulston who has previously served on the coaching staff of Super Rugby side Highlanders and also served in various coaching and consulting capacities in New Zealand, Japan, Trinidad & Tobago and Romania.

The duo are currently  working with the technical team of Dominique Habimana, Charles Ngovi, Richard Ochieng, Chris Makachia and Simiyu Wangila on their conditioning program and are expected in the country during the first week of April.

Kenya Rugby Union is also targeting a series of build-up matches against European opponents in the run up to the Rugby Africa Gold Cup which doubles up as the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers.

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