NZ coaches appointed by Korean Rugby
Republic of Korea (South)
New Zealand is having a big influence on elite rugby in Korea with the appointment of New Zealanders as the first non-Korean coaches of the national team.
Former Waikato coach John Walters, player Dion Muir and John Gillett have been appointed to coach and condition the Korean men’s national rugby and rugby sevens teams.
Former Christchurch schoolboy Dongwon “Daniel” Shin is captain of the Korean men’s national team adding to the New Zealand connections.
Ambassador Fearnley hosted a dinner at the Residence for the coaches, captain and senior members of the Korea Rugby Union ahead of their first home international of the season in May.
Korea’s national television network, MBC, featured the New Zealand coaches on its primetime news bulletin. Captain Chin explained how they were enhancing the team’s performance by adopting New Zealand rugby skills and training techniques.
Korea plays in the Asia Rugby Championship alongside Japan and Hong Kong. They have never qualified for the 20-team Rugby World Cup but currently sit at number 24 in the world rankings.