10:21AM, Wednesday 04 March 2015
London Irish have filled the positions of their coaching team for next season, with the confirmation of Grant Doorey and Clark Laidlaw joining Tom Coventry's coaching set up.
Grant Doorey will join as Irish's assistant coach, and will be responsible for strengthening the side's defence, after leaving the Auckland Blues.
Grant has had a successful Rugby League career, having played at the top level in both Australia and France.
After retirement he moved into coaching, and specialising in defensive strategies has worked alongside Sir John Kirwan as assistant coach for Italy, Japan and the Barbarians before linking up with the Blues in Auckland.
Laidlaw joins the club as another assistant coach and will work with the backs division.
He is currently assistant coach at the Wellington Hurricanes, who sit top of the Super XV table.
Laidlaw, the son of Scotland and British and Irish Lion scrum half Roy, played for Livorno, Borders and Scotland 7s before embarking on a successful coaching career. Clark moved to New Zealand in 2008 and worked with the Taranaki Academy for two years before taking on a position as skills coach with the New Zealand 7s team.
The Scot joined the Hurricanes in 2013 and is regarded as one of the brightest young coaches in New Zealand.
London Irish operations director, Bob Casey said: “Grant and Clark are both great characters and talented, ambitious coaches who will fit well into the environment at Hazelwood.
"We look forward to welcoming both Clark, Grant and their families into the Club in the summer.”
Coventry, head coach for 2015 added: “I am delighted to have secured the coaching services of two talented coaches; both men have displayed the ability to work to a very high standard in a wide range of rugby environments.
"Both are extremely conscientious, resourceful and very knowledgeable and will add real value to the London Irish Club and family. We look forward to joining in the summer and are all excited by the new challenges that lie ahead.”
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