Ross Bond excited to extend time with Wellington Pride

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Championship winning coach Ross Bond has extended his time with the Wellington Pride.

Bond, who coached the Wellington Pride to the Farah Palmer Cup Championship title in 2018 and promotion to the Premiership, will be in charge of the side until at least the end of the 2020 season.

"Firstly, I'm delighted to be able to carry on with the work we have started in the last couple of years," Bond said.

"We have talked already as a group about raising the bar because we all know the Premiership will be another level up.''

Bond took over as head coach of the Pride in 2017 after a lengthy background in coaching at club and representative level.

He said planning was already well underway for the 2019 season and an enlarged squad would be getting into their work earlier as they plan to make a real impression in the Premiership.

"What was really exciting for me was the fact we had about 36 girls in our programme last season and they were all there on finals day. We are all keen to build on what we have done and keep moving forward."

Another thing to excite the popular Wellingtonian was the number of players from the Pride squad involved in international rugby with five in the Black Ferns and three in the Manu Sina squad.

Wellington Rugby Football Union acting chief executive Matt Evans said it was a straightforward decision to extend Bond's time with the Pride.

"We have been delighted with the work Ross has done with the Pride and the results he and his coaching group have managed to achieve," he said.

"The Pride are a flagship side for our union and we are confident they will continue to produce exciting results which will hopefully lead to more women being involved in our game.