O’Halloran and Humphreys to join coaching team

Experienced coaches Jason O’Halloran and Jonathan Humphreys will join the Glasgow Warriors coaching set-up ahead of the 2017/18 season.Humphrey (left) and O’Halloran (right) to join coaching team at Scotstoun

New Zealander O’Halloran and Welshman Humphreys, who are both Assistant Coaches for Scotland, will join up with new Head Coach Dave Rennie at Scotstoun next summer.

Rennie, who is currently Head Coach of the Chiefs, will replace Gregor Townsend at the end of this season when he becomes Head Coach of Scotland.

The announcement follows the news that Matt Taylor and Dan McFarland will join Gregor Townsend when he takes charge of Scotland at the end of the season.

O’Halloran and Rennie know each other well, going back all the way to 2000 when Jason won the ITM Cup playing for Wellington when Dave was his Head Coach.

They have also coached together, first at Manawatu Turbos for four years where Rennie was Head Coach and O’Halloran was his Assistant, before O’Halloran took over in 2012 when Rennie moved to the Chiefs.

Simultaneously the pair coached the New Zealand U20s to two Junior World Championship titles in 2010 and 2011.

The former All Black joined the Scotland coaching team ahead of the 2016 RBS 6 Nations.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Jason O’Halloran said: “I’m really looking forward to coaching in the Guinness PRO12 and the European Rugby Champions Cup. They’re two great competitions and it’ll be good to get back to day-to-day coaching.

“It’s fantastic to get the opportunity to work with Dave (Rennie) again, it’s been five years since we worked together and he’s done a great job at the Chiefs.

“We both enjoy the same brand of rugby that Gregor has instilled in the mentality at Scotstoun, so there’s not going to be too much of a shift in the way the team plays.

“I’ve worked with some of the squad already (with Scotland) and have a good relationship with them. There is some really good young talent at Scotstoun and with excellent players throughout the squad we’re looking forward to having as much competition as possible.”

Humphreys, a former Welsh international hooker, represented his country at two Rugby World Cups and boasts over 300 club appearances as a player.

He has experience of the Guinness PRO12 having coached at the Ospreys for seven years, with the Welsh region winning three PRO12 titles in 2007, 2010 and 2012, as well as the Anglo Welsh Cup in 2008 during his tenure.

Humphreys, who joined Vern Cotter’s Scotland coaching staff in 2013, has worked closely with O’Halloran since the New Zealander came on board last year and both men have experience of working with the 26 Scotland internationals who currently play for the Warriors.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Jonathan Humphreys said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time with Scotland, working with Vern (Cotter), but I’m excited about coaching in the Guinness PRO12 again.

“I’m looking forward to having the ability to develop and work at something on a full-time basis.

“It was a big pull for me to work with quality coaches. Dave’s CV speaks for itself and I know Jason (O’Halloran) is really impressed with his outlook on the game.

“It’s great to be taking over an already successful team and I believe we can take Glasgow Warriors on to the next stage.” 

Dave Rennie added: “I’m really looking forward to working with both Jason and Jonathan.

“Jason and I have a lot of history. I have a huge amount of respect for him as a man and as a coach.

“Jonathan’s experience and success is impressive. He’s a great addition to our group.

“Their knowledge of and relationship with current Warriors players is a massive asset.”