New Zealanders to Coach Georgians

19-Dec-2011

miton haigGeorgian National rugby team is set for the world Cup 2015 campaign with the announcement of the appointment of New Zealand coaches Milton Haig and Chris Gibbs. The New Zealanders took over from Scotsman Richie Dixon, who continues his cooperation with the Georgian Rugby Union in capacity of development consultant.

New coaches will join the team in January to start preparation for the European Nations Cup with the test against Ukraine on February 4.

During the previous three months Georgian Rugby Union maintained negotiations with candidate coaches from various countries: “After this year's Rugby World Cup we started looking for new coaches because the existing contracts expired – said GRU President Giorgi Nijaradze – “We wanted our foreign coaches to spend more time here in Georgia to be involved in our High Performance and academy structures. Ideally we would like them to stay for four years to include the 2015 Rugby World Cup. They are contracted for 2 plus 2 years and subject to a routine annual review."
Milton Haig, a former Bay of Plenty halfback, coached Counties Manakau and performed as assistant coach to Maori who won the Pacific Nations Cup in 2008.

He is assisted by forwards coach Gibbes, who as Head Coach, led Waikato to consecutive NPC finals in 2010 and 2011.
Both Milton an Gibbs are looking forward to ensure the further development of this young rugby nation which showed competitive at this year’s Rugby World Cup and won the hearts of many rugby fans from around the world.
"It is an exciting challenge for us Kiwi coaches," - says Haig: "They have a huge amount of potential, no doubt about that."
Haig said Georgia had shown they were solid at the set pieces, but needed a bit more structure in both attack and defense.
"We think with a couple of decent systems we can get them to the level where they will really start to challenge the likes of Italy and Scotland," he said.
Milton Haig

Playing Career

Southland Boys High School First Fifteen 1980, 81, 82

Representative

 

Southland Under 16,18

  • Southland Secondary Schools
  • Southland v Japan 1982 (selected for Provincial side while still at school)
  • South Island Under 16,18
  • Southland - 1983,84, 88, Played 9 games
  • Bay of Plenty B 1989 – captain 3 games
  • Bay of Plenty - 1990, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96. Played 48 games. Captain 4 games
  • New Zealand Under 17 - 1980 (no matches played)
  • New Zealand Under 19 - 1982 (no matches played)
  • New Zealand Marist – 1992
  • New Zealand Presidents XV - 1992

Overseas Playing

Johannesburg Pirates, South Africa - 1985, 86, 87
London Scottish RFC - 1985
Orrell Rugby FC - 1985/86
Richmond RFC, London - 1987/88

Coaching

 

  • Player / Coach – Greerton Marist RFC 1991,92,93 semi finals Tauranga competition
  • Player  / Coach – Preston Lodge RFC, Edinburgh, Scotland 1993/94
  • Rugby Development Coach, Scottish Rugby Football Union 1994 (unable to take up position due to UK work visa requirements)
  • Player / Coach – Mt Maunganui RFC Baywide competition 1995,96,97,98,99
  • Assistant Coach to Vern Cotter - Bay of Plenty Development - 2000, 01 (placed 6th in NPC 1ST Division Development competition in 01 (highlight: beating Canterbury at Jade Stadium)
  • Assistant Coach to Vern Cotter – Bay of Plenty Steamers 2002, 1st Division NPC

Retained 1st Division status

  • November - 2002 Transferred to Wanganui because of work
  • Head Coach Wanganui NPC team 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Winners of Third Division NPC Championship 2003
  • Runners-up Meads Cup Heartland Championship 2006, 2007
  • Resource Coach NZ Under 17 training camp 2003, 2004
  • Resource Coach NZ Under 19 training camps 2005/2006
  • Resource Coach NZ Under 20 training camps 2010/2011
  • Resource Coach NZRU, 2007
  • Top Undergraduate, IRB Rugby Coaching Practicum 2004, (graduated 2005)
  • Assistant Coach, NZ Colts 2006, 2007
  • Assistant Coach, NZ Maori 2008 (Winners IRB Pacific Nations Cup)
  • Coach, Counties Manukau Steelers 2008
  • Director of Rugby/Head Coach, Counties Manukau Steelers 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Assistant Coach, Chiefs Development team, 2011

Cris Gibbs
Coaching Qualifications

  • NZRU/IRB Certificate in Rugby Coaching—Practicum Level 4
  • NZRU/IRB Advanced Coaching Course Level 3 
  • NZRU/IRB Principles of Rugby Coaching Level 1 & 2
  • NZRU High Performance Course
  • IRANZ High Performance Coaching Course

Work History

  • 2005 - Current - Waikato Rugby Union

Roles - Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Coach Development, Player Development, NZRU & IRB Course Facilitation, Representative Coach Upskilling

  • 2002 - 2005 - Te Awamutu College — Physical Education/Health/Outdoor Education Teacher

Roles - Assistant Head of Department, Dean

  • 1999 - 2002—Study– Waikato University
  • 1998 - 1999 Nippon Steel Japan– Professional Rugby Player
  • 1995 - 1997—Taradale Rugby Club Manager
  • 1994 - 1995—Lion Nathan
  • 1992 - 1993—Aotearoa Freezing Works
  • 1988 - 1991—Apprentice Butcher

 

Education

  • BTch (Bachelor of Teaching), Waikato University
  • BSL (Bachelor of Sport and Leisure), Waikato University
  • CSR (Certificate of Sport and Recreation), E.I.T Hawkes Bay
  • TCMR (Trade Certificate Butchering) Manakau PolyTechnic

 

D.T.B.G
Coaching Experience

International

  • 2007 Japan National Team – Forward Coach

- Rugby World Cup—France
- Pacific Nations Tournament

Representative

  • 2009 - Current Waikato NPC Head Coach
  • 2008 - 2010 Chiefs Development Coach
  • 2008 Waikato NPC Assistant Coach
  • 2005 - 2006 Waikato ANZC Development Coach
  • 2004 Waikato Colts Head Coach

Waikato Secondary Schools A Coach

  • 2003 Waikato Secondary Schools A Coach
  • 2002 WRU Resource Coach

Club

  • 2007 Pirongia Senior A—Forward Coach
  • 1997 Taradale Colts
  • 1996 Taradale Premier (Player/Coach)

School

  • 2004 Te Awamutu College Under 15`s
  • 2003 Te Awamutu College Under 14`s
  • 2002 St Peter's School 1st XV, Cambridge

Resource Coach Roles

  • 2010/11/12 NZRU Under 20 - Resource Coach
  • 2008 NZRU Under 17 - Resource Coach
  • 2008 IRANZ - Resource Coach
  • 2007 Japan Rugby ATQ Resource Coach
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