NRC: Rays To Announce New Coaching Structure As Blake Heads North

North Harbour Rays Media Release - The North Harbour Rays will announce a new coaching structure for the inaugural National Rugby Championship (NRC) season by the end of the week. The move follows Phil Blake’s acceptance of a coaching opportunity with European powerhouse, the Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership, the English first division. Blake will finish the season with the Manly Marlins in the Shute Shield as they strive for their first premiership since 1987 (under Tim Lane), but will continue to play a role in the preparations for the start of the NRC on August 23, 2014. “In many ways this is what the North Harbour Rays and the NRC is all about – giving players and coaches the opportunity to showcase their skills,” Rays Chairman Gary Flowers said. “We’d have loved to have had Phil on board for the (NRC) ride but he’s always wanted to test his skills further up and that’s exactly what Leicester have presented him and we wish him well. “The NRC and the
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