Coventry named new North Harbour coach

Date published: November 11 2016

Newly promoted North Harbour have announced the appointment of Tom Coventry as their new head coach for the 2017 season.

His appointment comes with Steve Jackson's departure to the Blues following North Harbour's strong Mitre 10 Cup Championship campaign this season. 

Coventry has recently returned to New Zealand from a stint coaching in England with London Irish, to lead Harbour in their first foray into the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership in 2017, with Daniel Halangahu retained as his assistant.

"The timing was great", Coventry told North Harbour's official website.

"I wanted to come back to New Zealand, and with Steve's departure, an opportunity arose to join Harbour and keep the momentum going from this year. 

"I had a coffee with Daniel and he told me about the culture of the union, the great group of guys in the squad, that they're ambitious, and there is a lot of good in the Union right now which I'm keen to build on. There are lots of positives which is great for a new coach." 

Coventry said retaining Halangahu as his assistant was an easy decision.

"Daniel is highly respected in the Province, he's very analytical, experienced having played Super Rugby for the Waratahs, and after the success of 2016, provides continuity, so it just made sense."

North Harbour Director of Rugby Russell Hilton-Jones said Coventry  was a perfect fit.

"We wanted to keep the momentum going following the success of 2016 and Steve Jackson's excellent work with the side, and so put together a profile of what we were after, in the hope that we would find someone of Tom's quality," he explained.

"Based on that profile, he was the perfect candidate and we're very excited to have him on board."