New Zealand rugby expanding its reach to the Middle East
New Zealand rugby is expanding its reach to the Middle East, with two coaches headed to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
The New Zealand Rugby Union has announced talent identification manager Chris Stirling and development manager Richard Skelly will pay a week-long visit early next month.
The trip has been organised by the Israel Rugby Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Israel has 15 clubs and 1000 players, and the union there was set up in the 1970s by ex-patriot Kiwis, Australians and South Africans.
The Palestinian territories town of Beit Jala is the home of the Lions rugby team, set up in 2007.