Leo Crowley joins Wellington Lions coaching group

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Experienced assistant coach Leo Crowley has joined the Wellington coaching team for the 2019 Mitre 10 Cup season.

Crowley, who has worked previously as an assistant with Canada, the Melbourne Rebels, Tasman and long-term with Taranaki, as well as coaching the Chiefs Development squad, joins head coach Chris Gibbes, defence coach Cory Jane and scrum coach Greg Halford for the Premiership season.

"I am delighted to be on board with this coaching group and to have the chance to work with a talented and exciting squad," Crowley said.

"I think I have plenty to offer the management team and the squad and it's going to be a great chance to be involved in a really positive environment."

Gibbes was delighted to not only have Crowley on board but welcome back Jane following the Lions first year back in the Premiership when they made the semifinals before losing to eventual champions Auckland.

"I'm really pleased to have Leo on board as part of the coaching group, especially with the experience he brings," he said.

"He has a proven track record over a long period and I know he will continue to develop his coaching skills."

Gibbes said the overall quality of candidates was extremely high, as was the level of interest in the position, in what was a very competitive process.

Crowley was an assistant at Taranaki when it won the national provincial title in 2014 and was with Canada in the lead-up and during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

He starts with the Wellington Lions on June 4.