Blues have announced that forwards coach Tom Coventry has signed a two-year contract extension with the Super Rugby club.
Coventry joined Blues in 2019 from North Harbour and played a pivotal role in the club winning Super Rugby Trans Tasman title last year. He also guided Chiefs to back to back Championships in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
He also had the experience of coaching with Hawke’s Bay and London Irish. He will continue to be part of the Blues coaching panel headed by Leon MacDonald along with scrum coach Ben Afeaki, backs coach Dan Halangahu and strength and conditioning coach Phil Healy.
“It was an easy decision, actually. It’s been a really good three or four years for me here and I felt the club’s in a good space moving forward,” Coventry said.
“I enjoy the coaching staff when I join the team and I’m happy being in Auckland at the moment, too, with my family and it’s good to be able to secure another season with the team.
“You feel like you’re part of the growth of the outfit. You’re one of many, but being part of change, part of recruiting players into the group that hopefully are going to make a difference, and continue onwards, that’s a big part of it.
“I feel like I’m part of the fabric at the moment. Like rugby, it can be tenuous at times, but you enjoy the good times over the past couple of seasons, and there’s been a lot of good times to focus back on.”
Blues will kick-start their Super Rugby Pacific campaign with a clash against Moana Pasifika at Mt Smart Stadium on 18th February.