RUGBY HEAD COACH: Orange's Rob Nevins has been named the Western Region Academy of Sport's rugby union head coach for 2004.
Seven Orange boys have been named in the squad.
...The coaches for the two grand final sides also have important roles within the squad with Orange Emus' Rob Nevins the program's head coach and Dubbo Kangaroos Blue's Rob Devenish the manager.
is excited the two sides that battled out the grand final, which Emus won 13-12, can work together under the same banner."Rob Devenish is my adversary on the field but off the field we're mates," Nevins
said."The boys have played some pretty tough rugby against each other so it's good that we can all come together like this."Many of the boys selected worked with Nevins in the Central West under 15s team this year where Nevins was the assistant coach and manager and he said it will give the Academy squad an advantage.
"We're off to a flying start because most of the kids know me and I know most of the kids.We've really only got five out of 16 that I haven't coached at some stage," he
is excited about what the Academy will offer the squad members saying they will all be learning together."I view this not so much as an opportunity for me personally to coach these guys 100 percent through the Academy system but more for these people and myself to be exposed to other more senior and qualified coaches."It's going to be just as much a learning experience for me.I want to be in the middle with those blokes and we're going to the Academy for all of us to learn."Nevins
has already been involved with some elite players and coaches during the selection process.