Chiefs Rugby Club and New Zealand Rugby have announced Clayton McMillan as interim head coach of the Gallagher Chiefs for next year’s Investec Super Rugby campaign. Rugby fans can book British And Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

McMillan has signed a one-year contract with New Zealand Rugby to teach the Gallagher Chiefs while head coach Warren Gatland leads British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa.

British And Irish Lions Tour: Clayton McMillan appointed interim head coach for 2021 Gallagher Chiefs
British And Irish Lions Tour: Clayton McMillan appointed interim head coach for 2021 Gallagher Chiefs

Current Maori All Blacks head coach and Bay of Plenty Rugby Union director of rugby, McMillan has been instrumental within the success of Bay of Plenty Rugby Union’s High-Performance program during his tenure with a powerful record including last year’s Miter 10 Cup Championship title.

His coaching ability was recognized in 2017 when has was appointed head coach of the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians side who faced British and Irish Lions during their 2017 tour of latest Zealand and was announced as head coach of the Maori All Blacks that very same year.

Chiefs Rugby Club CEO Michael Collins commended McMillan on his appointment

“We are excited for Clayton to steer the Gallagher Chiefs in 2021. he’s a talented coach and was a stand-out candidate. “He boasts a superb diary of developing players and delivering success.

“Not only during his tenure because of the director of rugby for the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union, but during the Maori All Blacks and New Zealand Provincial Barbarians campaigns. Rugby fans can book British And Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

“Clayton is not any stranger to the Gallagher Chiefs team having already worked alongside assistant coaches Roger Randle and David Hill and variety of the Gallagher Chiefs playing group,” said Collins.

British And Irish Lions Tour: Clayton McMillan appointed interim head coach for 2021 Gallagher Chiefs
British And Irish Lions Tour: Clayton McMillan appointed interim head coach for 2021 Gallagher Chiefs

New Zealand Rugby Head of Professional Rugby Chris Lendrum congratulated McMillan on his appointment. “It’s a singular opportunity and that I am sure Clayton has the mana to figure within the Chiefs environment and still repose on what Gats and his crew are currently achieving.”

McMillan said he was grateful for the prospect to steer the Gallagher Chiefs

“Super Rugby has certainly been a goal of mine; there’s an incredible pool of gifted athletes to figure with alongside an experienced and talented management group.”

“This is great recognition for Clayton. We are delighted for him and proud. He has been an impressive contributor for Bay of Plenty Rugby and therefore the Maori All Blacks.

“It was only getting to be a matter of your time before he was getting to achieve success in gaining an edge at the Gallagher Chiefs or another Super Rugby franchise.”

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