Howarth drafted in by Wasps
June 20, 2012
Shane Howarth has been named backs coach at Wasps © Getty Images
Shane Howarth, the former All Blacks and Wales fullback, has been drafted in as Wasps' backs coach.
The 43-year-old won four caps for New Zealand and 19 for Wales before becoming embroiled in the country's 'Grannygate' saga, having also turned out for Auckland, Newport and Sale.
Since his retirement in 2003 he has coached both Auckland and the Blues Super Rugby franchise, as well as the New Zealand Maori.
Howarth inherits the role from former Newport-Gwent Dragons boss Paul Turner, whose one-year secondment ended recently.
"I have followed Shane's coaching career since I played with him for Wales, and he comes strongly recommended from the likes of Graham Henry," Wasps director of rugby David Young said.
"We have a similar philosophy on the game, and I think we will hugely benefit from his intimate knowledge of both the northern and southern hemisphere."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"The only thing that will stop this England team from becoming a great team is themselves. They need to ask themselves 'what can we be?'" The Phil Vickery column
The latest Monday Maul looks at the hectic final weekend, the Lions hangover, the superb Mike Brown and the 'selfie'
"At the crux of this England team is a lack of fear, they are not afraid to throw playbooks out of the window." Tom Hamilton reports from Twickenham
"These little deft touches, the nuances O'Driscoll has perfected are what Ireland will miss most." Tom Hamilton on Brian O'Driscoll's final Test in Dublin