Australian Rugby
Nathan Grey joins Waratahs coaching team
ESPN Staff
August 15, 2013

New South Wales Waratahs have appointed Nathan Grey to the coaching team for 2014, in charge of the defensive performance and contact skills of the squad.

The former Wallabies and Waratahs centre represented New South Wales on 94 occasions in a nine-year playing career, and he now returns to Sydney with a wealth of coaching experience and specialist defence skills honed during a five-year stint with Japanese side Kyuden and three seasons with Melbourne Rebels.

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika described Grey as "a perfect fit in what I'm looking for to progress the direction the coaching staff is taking".

"Nathan has 94 caps for NSW as a player and eight years of great experience as a coach in different countries, putting him well on the way to fulfilling the criteria of the man we were looking for. Combine that with him being an outstanding performer as a player for state and country in the areas that he will oversee, and it was difficult to find a better person for the job."

Grey said: "The opportunities to coach and develop under Michael and the other assistants, combined with the challenges of growing a strong playing group expanding their belief, are at the core of my decision to make the move to the Waratahs.

"As a player, the Waratahs gave me lot and in my continual development as a coach, from Japan to Melbourne, I feel very lucky and honoured to have the opportunity to give back to the club through my coaching. I am excited about the challenges and rewards that only come through hard work and dedication to be the best."

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