Leicester Tigers scrum coach Boris Stankovich will join the Rugby Canada coaching staff ahead of this year’s Pacific Nations Cup and Rugby World Cup.
Stankovich, who spent seven years in Leicester as a player before returning to the East Midlands in the role of scrum coach in January 2017, will return to his role with the club at the conclusion of Canada’s Cup campaign.
The 39-year-old works on the set-piece throughout the ranks at Tigers in his role as scrum coach.
In Stankovich’s absence, the experienced Mark Bakewell and senior development coach Brett Deacon will work with the scrum in addition to their existing roles on the set piece and with the Tigers forwards.
Stankovich will link up with Canada next week ahead of the 2019 Pacific Nations Cup and return to Leicester following the tournament before re-joining the Canadian side prior to the World Cup.
Speaking about his appointment to the Canadian national team, Stankovich said: “It is such an honour and privilege to have been asked by head coach Kingsley Jones along with the Canada Rugby Union to be a part of their coaching team for the 2019 Pacific Nations and World Cup.
“None of this would have been possible had it not been for the support of the entire Leicester Tigers coaching team – in particular head coach Geordan Murphy.
“I’d also like to thank Tigers chairman Peter Tom, CEO Simon Cohen and Head of Performance Pathway and Talent Identification Ged Glynn for their support throughout.
“I look forward to the challenge that lies ahead in the coming weeks.
“To be given the chance to participate in a Rugby World Cup so early on in my coaching career is a fantastic opportunity that will allow me to improve and return to Tigers a better coach.”
Speaking about the opportunity for Stankovich, Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said: “This is an amazing opportunity for Boris to develop and grow as a coach and what he learns while away will be invaluable knowledge for him to bring back to Tigers and improve us as a group.
“His commitment to his job and passion towards improving players for the betterment of the club is unquestionable, we’re extremely lucky to have someone like Boris at Tigers.
“Not having him around will of course leave a hole but, I’m extremely confident in the foundations he has built for both Mark [Bakewell] and Brett [Deacon] to build on while he is away.”