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The Highlanders have appointed former England and Lions centre Riki Flutey as their new skills coach for the 2019 Super Rugby season.
Flutey, who travelled with the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and has 14 England caps to his name, will replace Cory Brown who has moved to Japanese franchise the Sunwolves.
Flutey played for Hawke’s Bay and the Hurricanes before moving to England in 2005. While in England he played for London Irish and Wasps, and also had a brief stint in France with Brive.
Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger believes Flutey will add another dimension to his team’s coaching group.
“Riki brings with him a wealth of playing experience, he has played with and been coached by some of the best rugby brains in the world and we are fortunate to be able to tap into that experience,” said Mauger.
“His role will be to improve the skills of our players across the board including working with our kickers. We are looking forward to him coming aboard in the New Year.”
Flutey is looking forward to the opportunity.
“I am absolutely honoured to have the opportunity to join the Highlanders for their 2019 campaign,” he said.
“It’s a great chance for me to join an exceptional group of coaches and players. I look forward to immersing myself in the team culture and getting the season underway.”