Coach’s confession

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Holding on to rugby’s Otago Countrywide trophy will be a major challenge for the new Arrowtown Premiers coach.

Former Arrowtown player Blair Wilce is replacing Richie Anderson who’s stepped down.

The 33-year-old says he’s already faced with replacing four tight forwards who’ve left town and another, Jim O’Malley, who’s retired.

Wilce expects to lean heavily on reappointed assistant coaches Hayden Finch and Daniel Iosefo.

His own playing experience includes about a dozen games for South Canterbury and semi-professional rugby in the UK.

Wilce plans to “try and play a bit of attacking rugby and just build on what the boys did last season”.

In a dig at Wakatipu Premiers’ newly-appointed assistant coach, Arrowtowner Clark Frew, Arrowtown club president Simon Spark says: “Our coaches coach where they live.”