The 2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup will largely feature some familiar names in charge, but there is a new face at Cardiff Blues, where Australian John Mulvihill takes over from Danny Wilson as head coach.
Where is he from?
The 51-year-old was assistant coach with second-tier Japanese club Honda Heat in Japan before signing a three-year deal in March to take over at Cardiff this season.
What was his previous coaching experience?
Mulvihill has been a professional coach for 21 years and was mentored by former Cardiff RFC coach Alec Evans in the early days of his career.
The Australian gained his first experience as a head coach at Irish side Navan RFC during a five-year stint with the Co. Meath club between 1998 and 2003.
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He then returned to Australia to coach the Gold Coast Breakers for two years, before being named Western Force’s assistant coach in 2005.
Mulvihill was based in Perth for four years until he began a nine-year stint in Japan in 2009, coaching the Mitsubishi Dynaboars and Kintetsu Liners before joining Honda Heat in 2017.
Who is in his coaching team?
Mulvihill is supported by a phalanx of Welshmen in Tom Smith (forwards), Jason Strange (backs), Richard Hodges (defence), Duane Goodfield (scrum) and Nicky Robinson (kicking).
What does he think of his appointment?
“I am sure we are going to have success with what we have, but with a few players to come in and help us as well.”