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Pakistan Rugby gets New Zealand Coach

LAHORE: Pakistan rugby got a big boost in its preparation for the Upcoming HSBC Asian 5 nations Division III by the addition of an IRB qualified coach Mr. Mike Pirrit from New Zeeland. Pakistan Rugby Union introduced Mr Mike Pirrit, who is a qualified IRB Educator. Mike has been recommended by IRB Asia Regional Manager Mr Jarrad Gallagher who thought he would be an Ideal Candidate for the job ofPakistan Team Head coach For the HSBC A5N tournament, says a press statement received here on Thursday.

Mike is in Pakistan for a two-month period and will travel with the National team to Jakarta Indonesia where the HSBC A5N Div III tournament is being held. PRU president Fawzi Khawaja said, “We welcome Mr Michael Pirrit, his presence will immensely help to improve the standard of Rugby”

Mike arrived in Pakistan on the 18th and has with working with the National Side. Even though his main mandate is to work with the National Side he is also planning on giving two IRB level coaching courses as well as work with the Police Rugby Team, the Army Rugby Team and the Pakistan under-20 squad.

Arif Saeed, Secretary, Pakistan Rugby Union said: “We have had strong performances against each of the three teams Guam, Indonesia and China in the past so Pakistan will be under pressure to put in a strong performance. We hope the arrival of a top class coach from New Zealand will motivate the Pakistan team to try and win promotion back into Asian Division II.”

Mike Pirrit spoke about PRU and said” “I am very impressed with the dedication and commitment given to the game by the administration here. They are providing a culture that promotes unity, teamwork and a strong work ethic, which is intrinsic in our game of rugby around the world. I am delighted to be working with the Pakistan Rugby team and am hopeful that if we prepare to the best of our ability we will perform well.”

The HSBC A5N Div III is being hosted in Jakarta; Indonesia, Guam and China are the other teams taking part in addition to Pakistan.

Pakistan President Fawzi Khawaja then announced the short list of 30 players that have been further short listed from an initial list of 100 boys in January, by the PRU selection committee; this list will be further cut down to 24 players who will travel on the tour.

Pakistan Rugby Unions announcing of this year as the Rugby Year 2011 has seen Rugby flourishing in Pakistan with the PRU conducting a major new Rugby activity every week since January. In the past 5 months PRU has had the following activities; Inter department 7 tournaments, Intervarsity Rugby Tournament, District Rugby tournaments South Punjab, Punjab Games rugby event, Inter-department 15s tournament, Super league XVs matches, Super League Development XVs matches, Under 20 camps and national team camps.
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