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Saints reveal Kiwi high-flyer is next director of rugby

Chris Boyd will be the new Director of Rugby at the Gardens Credit: Northampton Saints/Gerry Images

Northampton Saints have confirmed that Kiwi Chris Boyd will be the Club’s new Director of Rugby.

The 59-year-old has agreed a three-year deal and will begin his new role at Franklin’s Gardens at the start of August 2018.

Boyd has coached the Wellington-based Hurricanes since the 2015 campaign, guiding the New Zealand franchise to their first-ever Super Rugby title the following year. He also has experience with South African franchise Sharks – working as an assistant coach in Durban from 2009 to 2010 – and coached the ‘Baby Blacks’, New Zealand’s under-20s side, between 2011 and 2014.

Boyd was also an assistant coach during Tonga’s 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign when the pacific island nation famously beat France – the eventual losing finalists – for the first time.

“We are absolutely delighted Chris has accepted our offer to join the club, “The club conducted an extensive search and Chris stood out as the exceptional candidate. “We said at the start of the process that we were looking for a world class director of Rugby, and we’ve secured one of the very best.

– Northampton Saints CEO Mark Darbon.

The Saints say Boyd is well known as a deep thinker with an immense rugby brain who communicates well with his players.

Boyd’s Super Rugby record now stands at 43-11 in three seasons and, impressively, his side did not concede a single try in the 2016 playoffs. They made the semi-finals again in 2017, but with the call then coming from Northampton, Boyd admits he is relishing taking on a new challenge at Franklin’s Gardens.

“I am humbled and excited to be joining Saints,” he said. “Northampton Saints is a Club I have admired all of my coaching career. “I visited Franklin’s Gardens for a week in 2004 when Wayne Smith was head coach, and remember the passion of the Saints supporters and the strong culture at the Club.

“The Club’s ambitions match my own – I am confident I can help the Saints become one of the biggest and best teams in Europe. “I have always aspired to coach in the Aviva Premiership and I am relishing the opportunity to work with this talented squad of players.”

– Chris Boyd

The Kiwi has been coaching continuously for over 30 years and is one of the most experienced head coaches in world rugby.

CHRIS BOYD’S COACHING CAREER

Hurricanes: Head Coach (2015 to present – Super Rugby runners-up 2015, Champions 2016 & semi-finalists 2017)New Zealand Rugby Union: Under-20s Head Coach (2013 – 2014)New Zealand Rugby Union: Under-20s Assistant Coach (2011 – 2012)Wellington Lions: Head Coach (2011 – 2014)Tonga Rugby Union: Assistant Coach (2011 Rugby World Cup)International Rugby Academy of New Zealand: Coaching Services Advisor (2006 – 2016)Sharks: Assistant Coach (2009 – 2010)New Zealand Academy of Sport : High Performance Coach advisor (2007 – 2008)Wellington Lions: Assistant Coach (2003 – 2006)