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'I'm not here as a retirement project, I'm here to sharpen the tools': Keane on the ambition that took him to Connacht

The outgoing Chiefs attack coach used the Super Rugby down weeks to fly north and help Connacht prepare for the new season.

Source: Connacht Rugby/YouTube

KIERAN KEANE WAS keen to dispel any notion that his age will be a barrier to success as he was filmed on a tour of the Sportsground in preparation to take over as Connacht head coach.

The 63-year-old has found success in recent years, backing up an ITM Cup win with Tasman in 2013 by taking over as attack coach for the Waikato Chiefs – a terrifically aggressive component to the Super Rugby side’s game.

‘I’m not coming here as a retirement project, I’m here to sharpen the tools and put more tools into the toolbox for the players. Obviously try and get some very good performances that people can be proud of.”

Keane has used the time between the Chiefs’ loss to the Lions last month and their upcoming Super Rugby resumption against the Brumbies on 15 July to fly north and put his stamp on his new surroundings and Connacht’s pre-season preparation.

In the above video released by Connacht today, Keane speaks about his meetings with CEO Willie Ruane, his impressions of Connacht’s ‘feral’ home support and comparisons between Ireland’s west coast and the ‘intimate’ Tasman region on the north west of New Zealand’s south island.

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