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Coast Heartland Rugby Preparations Begin

New West Coast coaching duo of Allan Lindsay (left) and Sean Cuttance in Greymouth this week.

With the 2013 Heartland Rugby campaign getting underway in just over six weeks, the new West Coast coaching team of Allan Lindsay and his assistant coach Sean Cuttance, have stepped up preparations this week with their first full training of the West Coast wider training squad.

The new coaching pairing bring to the table success both as players and coaches. As a player, halfback Lindsay is a former NZ Sevens representative, whilst also being a part of Canterbury’s famous Ranfurly Shield team of the mid 80’s, with his career in the Red and Blacks spanning from 1982 right through to 1994, while finishing off his representative career with a season for the West Coast side.

Lindsay’s seventeen year coaching span includes five seasons with Canterbury Country, and two with the Canterbury Colts as well as club football with the Shirley Club. On the upcoming campaign, Lindsay said, “I’m rapt to be working with Sean and building on what the West Coast Heartland side achieved last season”.

Cuttance, a former hooker, had championship success as a player with the Sydenham RFC including four titles in succession, and represented Canterbury at provincial level from 1996 to 2000, whilst also representing the Crusaders before embarking on a six year contract in Japan.

Cuttance has coached the Methven Club at Division one level, and is now with the Sydenham RFC coaching their Division one team, and is excited about the season ahead. “I’m really looking forward to working with Allan during the Heartland campaign, and doing the West Coast proud” Cuttance said.

West Coast’s build up includes a training camp, a warm up match against Mid Canterbury in Sheffield, and a Seddon Shield match against Nelson Bays, before a blockbuster first up game in the Heartland Campaign at home to Buller on August 24th, which also doubles as a Rundle Cup match.

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