The duo will take on assistant coaching roles.
The full coaching team for this year is:
- Head Coach: Clayton McMillan
- Assistant Coach: David Hill
- Assistant Coach: Paul Feeney
- Assistant Coach: Ross Filipo
- Attack Coach: Roger Randle
- Scrum Coach: Nick White
Feeney brings over 25 years coaching experience, having been assistant at the Blues and Stormers. He has also coached internationally, in Japan, France and guided the Kenyan 7s team to Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020.
Former All Black Filipo is current Head Coach of Waikato following an illustrious playing career in New Zealand and overseas.
Gallagher Chiefs Head Coach Clayton McMillan said: “Paul is a highly experienced coach who will add a lot of value to the group. He looks at the game differently and is prepared to challenge conventional thinking. His primary area of responsibility will be looking after our transition attack and kick strategies where we see clear opportunities to grow our game.”
In relation to Filipo, McMillan said, “Ross has impressed with his work at Waikato and is fully deserving of an opportunity to coach at Super Rugby level. His primary focus will be on the lineout and general forward play. His playing experience as a lock obviously helps, but his attention to detail and ability to build strong relationships is what I’m sure will help accelerate the growth of our young pack.”
The Chiefs kick off their regular season with a clash against the Crusaders at Orangetheory Stadium on 24 February.