McNiven takes the reins as Parkes Boars Rugby Union Club’s first grade coach

NEW APPROACH: Boars coach Ben McNiven, assistant coach Iszac Oliver and Boars vice president Anthony Stewart are looking forward to a successful season. Photo: Supplied.

NEW APPROACH: Boars coach Ben McNiven, assistant coach Iszac Oliver and Boars vice president Anthony Stewart are looking forward to a successful season. Photo: Supplied.

Ben McNiven is hoping to introduce some new playing strategies when he kicks off his new role as the Parkes Boars Rugby Union Club’s first grade coach this month.

The local Recruitment Consultant humbly accepted the coaching role after being approached by the Club’s Present Kevin Oliver and is looking forward to being more involved within the local community.

“After coaching mostly Junior Representative teams, this new role is going to be a learning curve for me in the sense I will get to learn from the club as much as I hope to bring new ideas for what looks to be a pretty exciting season ahead,” Ben said.

“I'm new to Parkes but my First Grade debut was against the Boars almost 10 years ago so it feels a little like coming full circle to be here and coach the team.

“I have felt really welcomed since arriving in Parkes and I am enjoying the town’s great sense of community.

“The fact that my employer, Spinifex Recruitment, is willing to accommodate the changes I’ve had to make at work to commit to the coaching role tells me how much they value supporting the local community.”

Spinifex Recruiting’s Group Manager Damien O’Donnell said it’s important that staff can find time to achieve their professional and personal goals in life.

“As a business, we believe strongly in people fulfilling their personal passions and will support our staff wherever we can,” he said.

“We helped adjust Ben’s job to accommodate his coaching role as we believe it’s good for him and good for Parkes’ rugby.”

In his role as a Recruitment Consultant, Ben is constantly looking for ways to get the best out people and he will be using the same approach with the Parkes Boars.

“When I’m coaching a team, I believe in building the basics,” Ben said.

“Parkes has some great players and I’ll be looking to develop the core player base of the club.

“I have a lot of belief in the club after a successful season last year, and look forward to building on that this year.”

The Boars will again contest the New Holland Agriculture Cup, alongside CSU Bathurst, Dubbo Rhinos, Blayney, Mudgee and premiers Narromine.