SPECIALISTS HILL, FLYNN ADDED TO ROBERTSON'S NEWS ALL BLACKS COACHING STAFF

Corey Flynn and David Hill will add their throwing and kicking expertise respectively to the All Blacks for the 2024 test season,

A 15-test All Blacks hooker, Flynn will fill a newly created role of throwing coach, marking the first time he's been in the All Blacks environment, since playing his final test in 2011.

"It's a bit of an odd feeling coming back into the All Blacks, after such a long time since I pulled on the jersey," he said. "It brings up some of those feelings I had as a player, but of course, it's also a bit different being part of the coaching and management group.  

"It's a huge privilege to get the call-up, and I can't wait to get in there and make a positive impact." 

A prolific pointscorer during his playing career, HIll will continue as kicking coach for the next two years, a role that's seen him keeping tabs on the All Blacks kickers since as far back as 2017 in a part-time capacity and in a regular contracted role since 2019.  

The call-up comes after NZ Rugby (NZR) enlisted Flynn's services to assist New Zealand's Super Rugby clubs in 2023 and he's done enough since to be called on at the next level.  

All Blacks assistant coach Jason Ryan says Flynn's role will be a significant addition.  

"Corey has done a stellar job, working as a resource in our Super Rugby environments over the past two seasons," said Ryan.  

"The guidance, skill and care he's brought to his coaching has been obvious both from feedback, and in the quality and consistency of the throwing from the hookers he's worked with.

"It's the first time the All Blacks have had a specialist throwing resource and it's a crucial area of the game, because throwers need throwers to understand the craft.  

"We're fortunate to have guys like Corey and David available to come into the environment regularly when we are in New Zealand, and work on those very specialist skillsets."  

A first-five eighth who scored more than 1500 first class points during his playing career with Waikato and the Chiefs, and represented the All Blacks three times, including a test against Ireland in 2006, Hill has built an impressive coaching CV since hanging up his boots, including stints at the chiefs, Blues and NZ U20s.

"Anytime the All Blacks come calling, you want to put your best foot forward, so when Scott approached me to continue the work I've been doing with the kickers, I jumped at the chance," said Hill.  

"It's an exciting time to be involved and, as always, some incredible talent to work with."

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