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    Test duo complete Waratahs coaching staff

    Today at 9:25 AM Super Rugby
    by Beth Newman in Japan

    Former Test hooker Mark Bell is the final piece in the Waratahs' coaching puzzle, the club announced on Tuesday.
    Bell, whose son Angus is in the Waratahs squad and starred for the Junior Wallabies this season, will join the club as a part-time scrum coach.

    The ex-Reds forwards coach has also worked with Sydney Uni and Newington College as a scrum coach in recent times.

    New Waratahs coach Rob Penny said Bell would play an important role in the development of the side's next generation.

    Marks focus is on scrummaging, but he brings a wealth of experience from right across the game to have a coach of his calibre on board is really pleasing, Penney added.

    Hell have an important role to play, particularly in sharing his experience and ultimately, giving confidence to some of our younger forwards in what will be a key area for us.

    NSW also confirmed the addition of fellow ex-Test player Matt Cockbain as their forwards coach for 2020.

    Cockbain said he was excited about the opportunity to work with the Waratahs.

    "To be honest, I just cant wait to get started, Cockbain said.

    When Rob got in touch, he outlined the direction he wants to take the squad and the goals he has for the [NSW] Waratahs we share a lot of the same philosophies and ideas about the game.

    It was an easy choice for me in the end, to work alongside Rob, Chris Whitaker and Steve Tandy is something Im really looking forward to.

    The [NSW] Waratahs are a group full of promising, young players along with some experienced guys either in or on the fringe of the Wallabies squad.

    Robs appointment as well as changes throughout the playing squad make it a really exciting time to be getting involved.

    Penney said Cockbain's acquisition was a priority for him once he came on board at the Waratahs.

    "Matt brings a wealth of experience from both his playing days and coaching career, Penney said.

    Hes established himself as a very knowledgeable, sought-after coach sounding him out to be involved here was one of the first things I did after being appointed at the [NSW] Waratahs.

    I always wanted to ensure that the make-up of our staff would provide opportunity for local coaches within Australian rugby. Im really looking forward to working alongside Matt as we enter an exciting period for the [NSW] Waratahs in 2020.

    Waratahs coaching staff for 2020

    Head coach: Rob Penney
    Assistant (Backs): Chris Whitaker
    Assistant (Forwards): Matt Cockbain
    Assistant (Defence): Steve Tandy
    Scrum coach: Mark Bell

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    Wow - 5 coaches for the Waratahs (plus various assistants, etc).

    Didn't the ARU prevent the Force from having a head coach, backs coach and forwards coach, because 3 was too many?

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    That's true, but now that the Force have been cut, they can spread the same number of coaches between fewer teams and give more coaches to each team.

    5X2 = 4X5 in FURA maths

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