Coast rugby coach resigns

By Viv Logie

The newly appointed West Coast Rugby Union head coach of the Heartland team has resigned before the representative season kicks off.
Christchurch-based Jason Ryan, who was the assistant coach of the West Coast team last year, was appointed to the position in April, but according to West Coast Rugby Union chief executive Mike Connors, Ryan has pulled the pin due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
While the decision was “totally unexpected, the union has accepted the reasons for his resignation”.
“Because of the short timeframe involved before the representative campaign begins the committee (rugby union) needed to make an urgent decision on a replacement, and based on recommendations from Ryan, Allan Lindsay (who was Ryan’s second in charge) has been appointed head coach.”
Lindsay is a former Canterbury and West Coast representative halfback.
His assistant will be Sean Cuttance, also from Christchurch.
Connors said Ryan would be on hand to assist both coaches in the transition period and had made himself available to both coaches for advice during the season.
The committee was “confident they will form a very effective coaching unit”.
West Coast will begin their Heartland campaign with a Rundle Cup fixture at Greymouth on August 24.