Did Canada make a mistake as Kieran Crowley named coach of season in Europe’s Pro14

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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The one that got away Kieran Crowley who resigned as coach of the Canadian men’s rugby team three years ago citing Rugby Canada negotiations that went wrong. That was then and now three years later Kieran Crowley has been named coach of the year in Europe's Pro14 rugby championship.

The championship takes in the leading clubs from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and now has a South African element as well.

Crowley has been coach at Italy's Benetton since 2016 and this season made history by guiding them to the Pro14 playoffs for the first time.

In a season where they won 11 matches, drew two and lost eight, Benetton were eventually eliminated in a tight quarter-final, losing 15-13 to Irish heavyweights Munster in Limmerick.

The effort ensured Benetton will be back in the Champions Cup mix next season 

The voting process included input from his fellow coaches. These included fellow Kiwis Dave Rennie (Glasgow) and  Wayne Pivac (Scarlets).

Crowley, the former All Blacks fullback, has previously had success with Taranaki, and the 2007 world champion New Zealand under-19s while he had a lengthy stint in charge of the Canada national team.

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