Mauger to coach Leicester

Date published: November 24 2014

Former Leicester centre Aaron Mauger has accepted the head coach role at the club and will join them from the Crusaders for 2015/16.

Former Leicester centre Aaron Mauger has accepted the head coach role at the Aviva Premiership club and will join from the Crusaders from 2015/16.

Mauger, who will complete his third Super Rugby season as assistant coach in 2015, played 53 games for the Tigers between 2007 and 2010.

And the former All Black centre said the job is a dream opportunity to return to a Premiership club that he is so fond of, in a head coach capacity.

“I have awesome memories of my time at Leicester as a player and it is a place I will very happily return to,” Mauger told the Crusaders.

“I feel incredibly lucky to have the chance to do that as head coach and the timing is right for me to grab that opportunity. My aim is to help create the framework for Leicester to once again be amongst the top clubs in European and world rugby.

“I am loving being part of the coaching team at the Crusaders and still learning so much here, so it was not an easy decision to make. But I still have a whole Super Rugby season ahead of me to enjoy with this team, and then I know that the move to Leicester is the right thing to do for my coaching career. I would love to come back and coach in New Zealand long-term and I believe that this overseas experience will help me to do that and to become a better coach.”

Meanwhile, Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder gave Mauger his blessing and wished him well in his future role with the Leicester Tigers despite regretting the impending loss.

“Aaron is a highly valued and much loved member of this Crusaders coaching team and we will hate to see him go. But in saying that, we all know that this is an opportunity that should not be passed up so we are 100 percent on board with Azza’s decision and wish him the very best for this next stage in his coaching career. He is an outstanding coach and he is ready for this head coach role,” he said.