Cleckheaton RUFC boss confirms Kiwi as right-hand man

Cleckheaton RUFC boss confirms Kiwi as right-hand man

IN POSITION: Rob Afoa Peterson IN POSITION: Rob Afoa Peterson has been unveiled as the Moorender's new assistant coach

CLECKHEATON head coach Ian Armitage has added the finishing touches to his backroom staff with the capture of New Zealander Rob Afoa Peterson.

Peterson will act as assistant to Armitage, who replaced outgoing boss Dave Harrison at the end of last season.

The 33-year-old former Halifax and Otley forward has taken up a player-assistant coach role, meaning he will provide added power to an already exiting Moorend pack.

Cleckheaton had been pursuing the back-rower's services for some time and now have their man.

"Rob brings with him a wealth of experience having played with Halifax, during the time they were in what is now National One, and with French side Cergy-Pontoise as well as the last few years with Otley," said chairman Neil Gillan.

Rob lives near Gomersal and is beginning his first official coaching role.

"I am sure he will have a great influence on the Cleckheaton side and will quickly become a firm favourite with our supporters," added Mr Gillan.

Peterson took training for the first time this week ahead of Cleckheaton's September 7 North One East kick-off at Malton & Norton.

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