LAHORE - Pakistan Rugby Union (PRU) has acquired the services of an English coach Rogger Combs to revive the fortunes of its national side and the game at grass root level.

“We are happy to announce the appointment of Rogger who has arrived in Lahore and will take the post of technical director as well as head coach of the national side,” said PRU president Fawazi Khawaja here on Friday.

Rogger, who is originally from Wales, is a level-III RFU certified coach and has extensive coaching experience. He has coached teams all over the world including Premier League teams and worked under legendary coach Clive Woodward, the London Welsh. He has also coached in Italy, USA, Nigeria and the Caribbean. He was also head coach of the Bahamas National team for the World Cup Qualifiers. Fawzi said: “We are excited to have Rogger who brings with him a wealth of experience and will help the growth of rugby.”

He said the PRU was holding a 15-a-side camp this weekend and the new foreign coach would be able to see and work with the best players of Pakistan. “The camp is for the Pakistan national preparations for the Asian 5 Nation’s 2013 which will be in May in Dubai. The players from all member units of Pakistan have been invited in the camp which will be held on Saturday and Sunday here.”

Sharing his views, Rogger said: “I am excited about the work I have up ahead and that the PRU has been extremely cooperative. I can see it will be a good partnership in growing the game of rugby in Pakistan.”