Western Province look to Feeney for improvement

Date published: August 30 2016

Western Province have recruited New Zealander Paul Feeney on a consultancy basis to improve their attacking skills.

Feeney was an assistant-coach with the Blues in this year's Super Rugby competition where his focus was on their attacking play and skill levels.

He attended a Western Province practice session on Monday and will be used as a consultant over the next two weeks. His job is to give insight into WP's attacking play.

Feeney will give feedabck to the coaches after Saturday's Currie Cup match against the Sharks at Newlands. While he is only in Cape Town for a few weeks, Netwerk24 claims his position could become permanent.

Feeney coached Auckland for two seasons before Blues coach Tana Umaga roped him in as an assistant-coach. However, Feeney was unhappy with how little time he got to spend with the players on the field.

"I prefer a job where I'm able to spend a lot of time on the practice field because I think I have the skills for it," Feeney told stuff.co.nz.

"There aren't currently many opportunities available for coaches in New Zealand. Like many other coaches I will look overseas if there is nothing available in New Zealand."

Feeney also coached Japanese team Ricoh earlier in his career and also spent time with Fiji's national Sevens team.

While Stormers coach Robbie Fleck tried to play a more attacking brand of rugby, their skill level is not on par with their New Zealand counterparts.

WP coach John Dobson thinks Argentina's rise in attacking rugby is down to the influence of former All Blacks coach Graham Henry.

"Argentina are probably the closest team to New Zealand in terms of their attacking play. The question is how did that happen and I think the answer is Graham Henry."

Dobson believes the attacking brand of rugby played by the Lions inspired other South African teams to follow suit.

"It made the other unions realise they have to persue that. The Stormers wanted to do it but it's not something you can just switch on and off."