Rowland Phillips appointed Neath director of rugby

Rowland Phillips reappointed by Neath
Rowland Phillips reappointed by Neath

Ex-Wales forward Rowland Phillips has re-joined Neath as their director of rugby.

Phillips was Neath head coach between 2003 and 2009, winning four Premiership titles and three Welsh Cups.

During that period Phillips, capped 10 times by Wales, was also defence coach at Wales and the Ospreys.

"When I was approached to come back to Neath... I jumped at the opportunity to become part of what will be an exciting time," said Phillips.

"As everybody in Neath knows the club, the town, the history, the supporters and the people of Neath have been a huge part of my life and are very close to my heart.

"There's no doubt there's a lot of rebuilding to be done but I'm confident that I can work with the coaches and players to bring success back."

In the 2010/11 season Phillips, 48, became head coach of Aironi Rugby in the RaboDirect Pro 12 before moving to do the same job at Viadana Rugby.

Club chairman Geraint Hawkes said Phillips: "was someone who was experienced and grounded in the previous history and successes of Neath."

Phillips, who also played rugby league for Wales, played 290 times for Neath.