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FORMER Waratahs, Reds and Manly Marlins five-eighth Sam Lane, who describes himself as a “bit of a rugby geek”, is pumped about coming on board to assist head coach Michael Ruthven as backs’ coach for 2023.

Lane brings a wealth of experience to his new role, also having played with South African side Western Province and in Italy with Calvisano.

“I am fully ready take the next step and give coaching a crack, so I am very excited,” Lane told Rats Tales. “I had spoken to ‘Rivvo’ early in the year and we got in touch again. After all the conversations we had about the program he is running, and obviously who else he has on board, it was a bit of a no-brainer for me to begin my coaching journey. “I’ve always loved studying the game and watch four or five games a week, just trying to pick up if there are any new trends that are happening and things like that.” Ruthven has always had a high opinion of Lane as a footy player and said that he is pretty smart operator. “He will come in and definitely freshen things up for the boys. I think there is a great opportunity for us to get some fresh ideas and new energy into that space,” Ruthven said. Lane is following in the footsteps of his dad Tim, whose impressive coaching CV includes being Wallabies assistant coach under Warringah great Rod Macqueen.

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