Connacht sign Millard as backs coach

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Updated: July 13, 2011

Connacht have continued to build on and off the pitch for their debut season in the Heineken Cup this coming year as they have confirmed that they have signed former Australia Sevens coach Billy Millard as their new backs coach on a two year deal.

Millard, who most recently was working with the Cardiff Blues, brings an impressive CV with him to the Irish province. Regarded as one of Australia’s most talented coaches, Millard has worked with some of the best Australia rugby union players during his time with Sydney University and head coach of the Melbourne Rebels.

Some of the players to benefit from Millard’s expertise are Luke Burgess, full-back Ashley Cooper, wingers Drew Mitchell and Digby Ioane and new kid on the block James O’Connor. Commenting on his move to Connacht Millard said “I’m really looking forward to joining Connacht. It is a very exciting time for both me and the province as Connacht head into their first season of Heineken Cup rugby.

“I look forward to working with Eric Elwood and the rest of the coaching team in helping to develop the squad for the season to come”

Tim Allnutt, Connacht’s team manager expressed his delight about the capture of Millard saying “”We are very happy to have Billy joining us next season.

“He comes with a great pedigree of coaching and a proven track record of success both nationally with Australia and within Europe having been involved with the Cardiff Blues for a number of very successful seasons.”

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