Zebre look to De Marigny

Date published: January 9 2015

Zebre team manager Andrea De Rossi is hopeful that new skills coach Roland De Marigny can have the desired effect after his arrival in Parma.

The Italians suffered back-to-back defeats to Treviso over the past two rounds and will be eager to bounce back against Munster on Saturday.

And De Rossi hopes that South African-born De Marigny’s presence can help improve matters at a club that now sits bottom of the PRO12 table.

“I am pleased to be able to bring in de Marigny – he is someone I know very well having been team-mates in the national set-up,” he told PRO12 Rugby.

“The addition of Roland has been considered for some time and we decided to implement it in the beginning of the new year.

“He has always been a hard worker and I hope, in addition to his expertise, he can contribute to our staff in taking care of those details that you sometimes need to win games.

“Finally I think he is the right person to help the development of the club’s youngsters.”

De Marigny, who played nineteen times for Italy, added: “I’m glad to have this opportunity and it will be an important step in my growth as a coach.”

“Zebre have a group of quality players that just need to believe in their own skills to achieve significant results for this franchise.”