Rugby Canada adds Welsh as­sis­tant coach for Novem­ber test matches

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS -

New Cana­dian rugby coach Kings­ley Jones has added Wales un­der20 coach Ja­son Strange to his staff for Canada's Novem­ber test matches. Canada, ranked 24th in the world, is due to host the Maori All Blacks in Van­cou­ver on Nov. 3 be­fore head­ing to Europe for matches with No. 12 Ge­or­gia, No. 19 Spain and No. 9 Fiji.

The Cana­dian men are gear­ing up for a World Cup qual­i­fy­ing se­ries against No. 18 Uruguay in Jan­uary.

Strange will re­turn to his Welsh du­ties af­ter the Novem­ber tour.

“This is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for me to coach at se­nior in­ter­na­tional level against some qual­ity opposition,'' Strange said in a state­ment.

“I'm ex­tremely grate­ful to the (Welsh Rugby Union) and Canada for al­low­ing me to take it up. I feel it's some­thing that will of­fer me some new in­sights and al­low to me re­turn a bet­ter coach. At the same time, I'll be able to of­fer Canada a new voice and a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on cer­tain things.''

The move strength­ens the ties be­tween both gov­ern­ing bod­ies, who have col­lab­o­rated on sev­eral projects in the past and ex­changed tal­ent.

Jones is a for­mer Wales cap­tain who worked for the Welsh Rugby Union, tasked with iden­ti­fy­ing and re­cruit­ing tal­ent to the pro game in Wales. Geraint John, Wales' cur­rent head of rugby per­for­mance, used to coach the Cana­dian men's sev­ens side and was high per­for­mance man­ager at Rugby Canada.

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