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Newport coach Ian McIntosh
"Back in the early 70s I came to Wales to learn coaching"
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McIntosh ready to reign on Parade
Newport director of rugby Allan Lewis
Allan Lewis (pictured) will work closely with Ian McIntosh
New Newport coach Ian McIntosh is delighted to be returning to what he considers his spiritual rugby home.

The former South Africa coach learned his trade in the 1970s under the tutelage of the then Welsh Rugby Union coaching director Ray Williams.

Williams, who was also the secretary of the WRU during his career, helped revolutionise coaching and played a significant part in the Welsh national side's dominance at the time.

"I've always had an affinity with Wales, as I did when I first came to Natal, so it's quite a strange feeling to go back to where I learnt the game.

If you get the best out of each player the rest takes care of itself
  New Newport coach Ian McIntosh
"I learnt from Ray Williams that you make a technique become a skill by playing it in a game situation."

McIntosh says that when he was in charge of the former Rhodesia national side he received some pointers from a touring Cardiff side, and now he can return the compliment to another Welsh club side.

However, there are some familiar faces at Rodney Parade, with South African pair Adrian Garvey and Andy Marinos on the playing staff.


Another South African, Gary Teichmann, has just departed in the opposite direction back to Natal after a successful two-year stint with Newport and helped encourage McIntosh.

"I was in Cardiff a week ago with the South Africa Sevens team and I bumped into Gary the day before he was leaving," McIntosh added.

"He's had a very enjoyable time at Newport and he believes it will be enjoyable for myself."

Allan Lewis, who coached Newport last season, fills the new post of director of rugby but will still work closely with McIntosh.

"I've had a long chat with Allan," McIntosh said. "I got on well with him and I think we've both got one thing in mind - to improve the team - and I'm going to enjoy working with him.

"The aim is to get the best potential from each player. If you get the best out of each player the rest takes care of itself."

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