Herring leaves Tigers for Japan
April 16, 2011
Ben Herring acted as specialist breakdown coach with the Tigers before joining the NEC Green Rockets © Getty Images
Ben Herring has left his post as Leicester Tigers assistant coach to join NEC Green Rockets in Japan.
The 31-year-old will take up a forwards coach role with the Rockets after being released from his contract with the Tigers two months early in order to join the Japanese side's pre-season preparations.
The New Zealander played for the Tigers for two seasons, scoring five tries in 23 games, before he was forced to retire following a series of concussions.
"I've had a great time at Leicester, the club have been very good to me and I've learned a lot here," he said. "The first thing I learned when I came over was that I was expected to push a lot harder in the scrum than I had been used to!"
"The prospect of working in Japan in a fantastic adventure and I'm always up for that, I'm looking forward to living and working there and learning the language."
Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "Ben has been an important part of the coaching team in the last couple of seasons and we'd all like to wish him and his family well for the future."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Joe Simpson talks to Charlie Morgan about loss, Wasps and being England's game-breaker
It is 100 years this week since the last international match played in Europe before the outbreak of World War One. Rewind remembers the fixture's longest-living survivor
Red cards, uncontested scrums, end-of-season wobbles and schoolboy errors - the Monday Maul looks back over the weekend's talking points
The latest Week in Pictures includes puffed players, dismissed players and training in the snow